- September 3, 2014
Post submitted by Miguel Amador, HRC Global Engagment Intern
Brian Brown, president and co-founder of the anti-LGBT group National Organization of Marriage (NOM), will be traveling to France next week to participate in Manif Pour Tous’ “Summer University” training session. Manif Pour Tous is the largest French anti-LGBT organization formed in 2013 to protest marriage equality. Manif’s “Summer University” has previously hosted other American activists, such as Robert Oscar Lopez, an extreme anti-LGBT activist and English professor at California State University, Northridge.
The event is scheduled to take place during the weekend of September 12 and has program topics such as “What is Human Dignity?” Brown is expected to give a talk on “The International Experience of Combat against the Redefinition of Marriage”.
Brian Brown and NOM played a huge role in the introduction of Proposition 8 and nearly every ballot campaign to prevent marriage equality since the mid 2000’s. In recent years, NOM has shifted its focus to anti-LGBT advocacy. Originally focused only on the question of marriage, NOM now opposes protections for workers via Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), as well as California’s new law that allows transgender students to safely and fully participate in school activities.
This is not Brown’s first visit to France. Last January, Brown visited Paris to attend an anti-marriage equality rally organized by Manif Pour Tous, calling his trip a “blessing.” He later returned to Europe to accompany a group of French anti-LGBT activists on a trip to Moscow, testifying before parliament in support of banning adoption of Russian orphans by same-sex couples. Continuing to collaborate with conservative France, Brown recently hosted President and Co-Founder of Manif Puor Tous, Ludovine de la Rochere, at this year’s unsuccessful March for Marriage in Washington, D.C.
There are serious questions about NOM’s financing, ethics, and truthfulness in its work to stop LGBT equality. HRC’s NOM Exposed campaign tracks and challenges NOM as it tries to influence elections and legislative campaigns across the country. Click here for more information.