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08/12/2014

'They're playing dirty politics!' demands pro discriminator as he slyly slides own muddy boots out of view

by Jeremy Hooper

Here is the National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown speaking about the grossly misnamed Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act [S. 2706, H.R. 5258], a go-nowhere, far-right–concocted bill that would allow tax-supported adoption agencies across America to flout existing nondiscrimination laws if they feel like discriminating against otherwise qualified LGBT people:

"Shutting down agencies that provide for the needs of kids simply to advance a radical agenda is dirty politics at its very dirtiest, and we need this law to say enough is enough"

—Brian Brown

So let's just recap here: Brian is advocating for a bill that would decrease the number of adoptive families in the prospective pool. And often times when a particular church's leadership makes the command to stop serving same-sex couples (most famously the Catholic leaderships' commands to shutter church-run adoption agencies in several states with marriage equality/LGBT nondiscrimination laws, which is the main inspiration for the federal proposal), it is met with objection by those who actually work within the agency. The choice to stop serving adoptive families rather than comply with fair anti-discrimination policy is a choice that church higher-ups (aka the Vatican) make to put their discrimination above children's needs.

And yet we're the ones playing dirty politics when we simply say that agencies that receive tax subsidization have to comply with proper policy?! And this from a man who has spent the past decade collecting a paycheck from playing divisive and dirty politics against loving same-sex couples and LGBT rights in general? And someone who—what are the odds?—just so happens to be a staunch conservative Catholic himself?

Nice try, Bri-Bro, but you're about as transparent as glass in Windex's test factory.

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