Brian Brown, president of the National Organization For Marriage, on Friday spoke with conservative talk radio host Steve Deace and announced that if gays win at the Supreme Court, NOM will demand a federal ban on same-sex marriage written into the constitution. Brown also (comically) invoked President Abraham Lincoln, coming closely to suggesting same-sex marriage is slavery — at least for one side:
“We need a solution in this country, we cannot be, as Lincoln said, half slave, half free. We can’t have a country on key moral questions where we’re just, where we don’t have a solution.”
The Supreme Court, as all of America knows, will hear two landmark same-sex marriage cases this week: DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 that bans the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, and Prop 8.
It’s truly a perfect response to where NOM is right now. Advocating for a constitutional amendment promises years of lobbying — which is devastatingly expensive in time and money, likely enough to put Brown’s “eight young children” through college.
“I think we’re going to win these cases,” Brown told Deace, according to Right Wing Watch, which has the audio as well:
“But say the worst happens and we lose in a broad way – that means that the Court somehow does a Roe, a Roe v. Wade, on marriage and says that all these state constitutional amendments are overturned, gay marriage is now a constitutional right – well, we’re going to press forward on a Federal Marriage Amendment. We’ve always supported a Federal Marriage Amendment, and there’s a lot of misconceptions about it. Some people try and argue, ‘Well, this is against federalism.’ No, our founders gave us a system where we can amend the Constitution. We shouldn’t have to do this, we shouldn’t have to worry about activist judges, you know, making up out of thin air a constitutional right that obviously none of our founders found there and no one found there until quite recently. But if we do, for us, the Federal Marriage Amendment is a way that people can stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough.’ We need a solution in this country, we cannot be, as Lincoln said, half slave, half free. We can’t have a country on key moral questions where we’re just, where we don’t have a solution. And if the Court forces a solution, the way we’ll amend that is through the Federal Marriage Amendment.”
Brown is thoroughly wrong on Roe v. Wade — as much as conservatives like to skew the numbers, Roe is settled law, and supported by the majority of Americans, just like same-sex marriage.
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