The Rise and Fall of the National Organization for Marriage

NOM president pits loving gay couples against human nature

October 12, 2013, by Jeremy Hooper

Speaking on a Values Voter Summit panel that was hosted by extremely anti-gay person Tony Perkins, NOM president Brian Brown said on Friday night that marriage equality for same-sex couples is “an attempt to deconstruct the very nature of reality—the very nature of what it means to be a human being.”  Here's the clip:


There is no denying what Brian is saying in this clip.  He is looking right in the face of a world where LGBT human beings live, love, and form couples, and he is telling us that this drive, so natural to so many, is against what it means to be a human being.  He is quite literally saying that people like me and marriages like mine are in some sort of category outside of humanity's acceptable spectrum.  

And let's be clear: he's not just talking about our rights here.  This isn't about some marriage bill or some court case.  Brian is saying that our idea, the one that says certain human beings were made to love people of the same sex and are entitled to full participation within our society,  is itself a lie that "undermines reality."  He, in the most God-like of ways, is telling us that he knows "what it means to be a human being"—and gay people aint it!

But Brian is right about one key point: this debate is no longer about "live and let live."  Because increasingly, his side of the conversation is not ready or willing to stop at just how we marry.  No, no—they are going directly at the cores of our existences.  They are saying that they simply cannot live their lives if we pesky LGBT people are allowed to live ours.

This war on our realities is really scary stuff, when you think about what these folks are saying and trust that they really mean it.  And NOM, once a far more pragmatic political organization, is now one of this sweeping anti-LGBT mindset's key water carriers.