|Obama's speech yesterday is something else for Brown to cry about.|
"Gay and lesbian people are already treated equally under the law," Brian Brown responded. "They have the same civil rights as anyone else; they have the right to live as they wish and love whom they choose. What they don’t have is the right to redefine marriage for all of society. In fact, six federal courts have rejected the idea that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court in a summary decision in 1972. Furthermore, that vast majority of states have codified the commonsense view held for thousands of years that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. The President is profoundly wrong to imply that those who have acted to protect marriage have denied anyone's rights by doing so."
"A presidential inauguration should be a time for the nation to come together; instead President Obama chose to voice his support for a radical agenda advanced by some of his biggest campaign contributors to redefine marriage for everyone. Marriage brings our nation together. The concept of gay ‘marriage’ would have been totally alien to our founding fathers, and the protection and advancement of marriage between one man and one woman will immeasurably serve the common good of this country and further strengthen our Union.
NOM wants to seem to be forever the victims. At no time did President Obama attack those who do not support marriage equality. Just like Tony Perkins and the FRC did yesterday, Brown and NOM falsely spins his inauguration speech to make it seem that he has declared war on those who oppose marriage equality. How ironic is it that NOM is angry at President Obama, seeing that the organization did all it could to get his opponent Mitt Romney elected.
This even included attempts (pitifully sad attempts at that) to undermine President Obama's support in the black community by astroturfing a fake organization of black ministers who urged black voters to stay home on election day.
We all know how that turned out.
As it is, lgbts do not have the same civil rights as other Americans. We can still be fired in 29 states simply for being gay and our families are not protected with the benefits which come with marriage. It's ridiculous that Brown continues to use that nonsensical talking point that giving us the right to marry would alter marriage for everyone.
One more thing - Brown is right. The idea of marriage equality would be totally alien to our founding fathers. But so would the idea of an African-American sitting in the White House as president.
So maybe worrying about what our founding fathers would think isn't such a good idea.