National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown is deeply offended by the notion that marriage equality is a civil right.
March 31, 2013

NOM President Brian Brown is deeply offended.

What has him clutching at his pearls and reaching for the smelling salts? The notion that giving gay Americans the right to have a legally recognized union is somehow a civil rights issue, akin to the struggle African Americans in this country had to not be treated as a second-class citizen. How dare those gays ask for equal protection under the law? Why, that's just a slur against all those right-minded voters who came out to vote against them.

Well, I think it’s a slur on the Americans, the majority of Americans who stood up to vote for what President Obama a year ago agreed to, what Secretary Clinton agreed to two weeks ago, that it takes a man and a woman to make a marriage.

It’s a slur on them to somehow say that opponents of redefining marriage are in the same boat as those who oppose interracial marriage. That is just a slur. It’s an assertion. What we are fighting about is, is there a civil right to redefine marriage? We say no. There is no such civil right. The laws against interracial marriage were about keeping the races apart. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman. It’s about bringing the sexes together. That is a good and beautiful thing, and I think it’s a slur to say that it’s bigotry to stand up for this truth.

The truth hurts, doesn't it, Brian?

I'm a little tired of these fallacious logic circles justifying a policy that creates inequality. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman, and you can't just redefine that? Bullpucky. Marriage is a legally recognized union, yes. But the legal definition of marriage has changed over time. Besides striking down anti-micegenation laws in 1967, this country has also changed and established legal rights of women within marriage as well, giving them more equality.

Thank the FSM that Al Sharpton was there to set Brown in his place:

It was a battle on interracial marriage of people saying that traditional marriage in this country was between people of the same race and that others that were supreme had the right to decide what the tradition was. They had the right to tell others they were inferior, they couldn’t marry who was superior. What we are fighting here is the rights of people to be protected. It is not the same thing as racial but it’s the same thing when you have others decide the prerogative of people’s lives and you cannot fight for one’s rights without fighting for everyone’s rights. And I think it is absurd for people to say we’re going to stand for people to have the right to determine their lives irregardless, rather, of race, but they can’t do it regardless of sex. And it’s a cop-out to have a civil union. Just shack up. Don’t get married. People have rights but they don’t have rights. They have the right as long as it meets your moral standard.

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