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08/06/2014

Count the delusions in Brian Brown's latest press quote

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2014-07-25 At 2.02.57 Pm[1] NOM has only been around for around seven years.

[2] In that time, the "protect marriage" movement has experienced a truly remarkable demise that took marriage equality from one to nineteen states (plus D.C.) that have marriage equality (and full federal recognition).

[3] Every credible poll from the past few years shows support for marriage equality at at least an even split, with most showing majority backing.

[4] With 2013's Supreme Court marriage decisions, every subsequent state's enactment of marriage equality, the President and a majority of our U.S. Senators' support for the concept, Modern Family's big ratings-grabbing wedding, and just about every high profile development on the same-sex marriage horizon, backlash has been incredibly muted, if not absent. Clearly the American public does not find the notion "unthinkable."

[5] Special interest groups don't get to stay open on sheer will alone. They have to promote a cause that supporters see as going somewhere. NOM, an organization that has literally lost everything since North Carolina in May of 2012, has already seen funding dry up—a trend that is sure to continue.

Now that that's all out of the way, here's Brian:

“We’re not going away,” Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, told the Guardian. “We’ve been hearing about our demise for the last 15 years. It hasn’t happened, and it’s not going to happen, even if the [US supreme] court is to do the unthinkable in an attempt to redefine marriage and the law.”
FULL: Foes of same-sex marriage fight on as courts and opinion turn against them [Guardian]
(h/t: J.M.G.)

I mean, if they want to continue issuing angry press releases, launching completely ineffective boycotts, supporting candidates who would have probably done better without their support, damaging the GOP brand, and demanding we all buy into talking points that have lost in countless courts of law and have alienated the public, then they can keep doing it indefinitely, if they can find people willing to finance it. I'm sure some pissing-in-the-wind fetishists might be into it.

But NOM is going away, whether NOM chooses to or not. It might be from an actual closing of the doors or by a still-technically-open NOM's total and utter irrelevancy within the sphere of American politics, but there will not be a National Organization For Marriage to speak of in five years. Mark my words.

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