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06/30/2014

Video: Brian Brown's callers show weakness of his movement's arguments

by Jeremy Hooper

Below is an appearance that National Organization For Marriage president Brian Brown contributed to C-Span over the weekend. Other than coming closer to supporting the idea of gay "change" than I've heard from him in a while (at around the 33:00 mark) or denying that he's a religious leader (at around 22:00; and ha!), Brian's talking points are fairly standard and reliably unconvincing. No surprise there.

What I find most interesting is how throughly off-base and uninformed his supportive callers are. One of the callers begins and ends her case for opposing marriage equality at "it's my opinion." Another suggests same-sex couples get a completely separate word and custom that's pointedly detached from marriage. Yet another says that marriage is a biblical word and that courts should say that it is, even though it's (a) not and (b) we are talking about civil marriage equality, which is always detached from the optional religious ceremony. And then there's the caller who portrays "same-sex attraction" as a choice, sparking the tentative "ex-gay" support from Brian that I mentioned earlier. The sum of the parts tells you all you need to know about the anti-equality movement's court losses. They simply can't win in any forum with a standard higher than NOM press release and a willingness to swallow it.

Watch as much or as little as you'd like:

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