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NOM’s Brian Brown Joins International Anti-Gay Organization

Jim Burroway

January 15th, 2014

In 2012, the National Organization for Marriage watched in horror as voters in three states approved measures to grant marriage equality to same sex couples and defeated a constitutional amendment in Minnesota to write discrimination into that state’s charter. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court, in two separate actions, struck down Section 2 of the Defense of Marriage Act and opened the way for Californians to resume marrying again. That same year, six more states voted to legalize same sex marriage. More recently, federal judges in Utah and Oklahoma have struck down those states’ constitutional bans on marriage equality.

In other words, it’s been a bad eighteen months for anti-gay activists generally and NOM in particular. No wonder NOM, like many others, is shifting its attention overseas. Jeremy Hooper at GLAAD discovered that NOM president Brian Brown has joined the board of directors of CitizenGO. Writes Hooper:

CitizenGO, which is based in Madrid (where Brian recently delivered a speech), is essentially a petitioning platform focused on global issues.  In addition to considerable focus on marriage inequality, CitizenGO also promotes and/or directs campaigns in support of speakers who claim that “homosexual activists have played a integral role in the rise of Fascist politics, including Nazism,” against the World Health Organization’s supposed “promotion” of homosexuality, against Canadian pride parades, and much more.  As you can see, CitizenGO has its eyes fixed all over the world and on all of the planet’s LGBT people…

CitizenGO even hosts a petition in support of radical international figure Scott Livelyone that describes homosexuality as “morally wrong and harmful to individuals and society.”  It’s clear what kind of world CitizenGo is trying to create.  It is now all attached to Brian Brown and to NOM.

But wait, there’s more.  It turns out that Brian is not just on the board of CitizenGO.  Instead, it appears that the organization Brian runs in tandem with NOM, the conservative rallying platform called ActRight, has absorbed CitizenGO as its own.  The CitizenGo logo now reads, “CitizenGo: Member of the ActRight Family”.

You won’t be surprised to learn that CitizenGO, along with the Rockford, Illinois-based World Congress of Families, Linda Harvey’s Mission America,  is a huge supporter of Russia’s law banning so-called “homosexual propaganda.”

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Cass
January 15th, 2014 | LINK

There were times when they were pretending they were just anti-gay marriage, not overall anti-gay. Good times… But National Organization for Marriage is inappropriate name now. Maybe NOM – National Organization for Malignity?

Sandhorse
January 15th, 2014 | LINK

You know. One could almost understand, (if not actually condone) a citizen ‘fighting homosexuality’ in their own country. It’s not difficult to concede that homosexuality’s acceptance would have some affect on that person, even if it’s just the knowledge of the acceptance itself.

But traveling thousands of miles to countries you do not belong to in an effort to ‘fight homosexuality’ is a special kind of obsession, and demented to say the least.

The morality of homosexuality is irrelevant. Mr. Brown is in for a very rude awakening when he meets his maker. He’ll have to make an account of his life of throwing stones.

Soren456
January 15th, 2014 | LINK

As Brian’s opportunities narrow in the US, he has to find them elsewhere. And if he can’t find them, he has to create them. This new situation offers years and years of handsomely paid work.

Lord_Byron
January 15th, 2014 | LINK

You know I really wish these anti-gay groups, especially the ones that are successful in getting these anti-gay bills made into law, could be charged with crimes against humanity. They are crossing a very big line and their actions are creating hostility and violence against LGBT individuals.

Tor
January 16th, 2014 | LINK

Hate is the United States’ newest exportable commodity.

Richard Rush
January 16th, 2014 | LINK

The existing home-grown persecution-industries in many foreign countries are much more vibrant and successful than in the United States. So, why would they want to import people from the United States who have proven to be abject failures?

graysloth
January 16th, 2014 | LINK

I’m beginning to think we shouldn’t be putting a media spot light on people like Bryan. His kind crave the attention, much like the perpetrators in mass shootings do.

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