Brian Brown, the National Organization for Marriage president (succeeding Maggie Gallagher in September 2011), cut his anti-equality chops at the Family Institute of Connecticut, which he led from 2001-2007. During his tenure, Connecticut achieved civil unions (via legislative action) and, shortly after Brian left, won marriage (via state Supreme Court ruling).
Brown moved from Connecticut to Princeton, NJ, in 2007 to lead (the now defunct) Common Sense America, where he was criticized in the media for attacking a New Jersey legislative candidate without revealing his campaign finance sources.
He then made his way to NOM, which was also based in Princeton at the time. Brown moved his family to California during the Proposition 8 fight in order to direct NOM's eforts in the Golden State.
Brown currently divides time between Washington, DC, where NOM is now headquartered, and Philadelphia, PA, where he reportedly has a residence.
In 2013, Brown traveled to Russia to advocate in favor of that country's stringent bans on same-sex adoption
When Brown was head of the Family Institute of Connecticut, he urged his members to attend a “Love Won Out”("ex-gay") conference in Boston in 2005. In a message to his members, Brown wrote: “With Connecticut’s same-sex civil union law going into effect…pastors, parents and other concerned citizens will be increasingly forced to face issues relating to homosexuality. …At the conference, you will hear from nationally known experts who have firsthand experience with the seldom-told side of the homosexual issue. You’ll learn how to minister to a loved one who’s dealing with homosexuality, respond to misinformation in our culture, defend biblical beliefs and prevent your child from embracing this destructive way of life"
While NOM has pretended to support civil unions when politically convenient, Brown openly opposed civil union legislation in Connecticut in 2004 as head of the Family Institute of Connecticut: “A vote for civil unions is a vote for same-sex marriage and there is no right to same-sex marriage. The civil rights claim is bogus.”
Brian Brown marched in Hartford to protest the election of the Reverend V. Gene Robinson to lead the Episcopal Church in New Hampshire because Robinson is openly gay. Brian said at the time: "That radical of a departure from Christian tradition ... warrants a march."
He protested the Hartford Public Schools System’s distribution of condoms and other contraceptives to students in 2001.
Among our additional favorite quotes from Brian Brown are the following:
- “Same-sex unions are not marriages and Iowans should not be forced by law to treat them as such.” … “This madness has to end. No good can come of a law based on a lie, and same-sex unions are not marriages.”
- “Governor Lynch and a narrow majority of the Legislature today have ripped a significant hole in the fabric of New Hampshire society by passing same-sex marriage legislation.”
- “…Same-sex unions are not marriages. Political regimes based on lies about human nature cannot last. Same-sex marriage takes a sacred institution, with deep roots in human nature, and tries to turn it into the plaything of politicians, a creature of the state, a bundle of rights to be tossed about between adults. Something so feebly rooted, so fragilely constructed and imposed cannot last.”
- “The One who designed marriage knew what He was doing. And we will never sit back passively and permit our own government to teach our own children a lie. Same-sex unions are not marriage. Same-sex marriage is not a civil right, it is a civil wrong."