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NOM’s Brian Brown Went To Russia To Stop 600,000 Orphans From Being Adopted By Gays

by David Badash on October 3, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,Marriage,News,Politics,Religion

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Calling Same-Sex Marriage “A Real Threat” To “Normal Civil Rights” Of Children, President Of National Organization For Marriage Launches Secret International Campaign

National Organization For Marriage president Brian Brown was heavily involved in France’s  anti-gay protests that preceded the successful vote for same-sex marriage. Brown even bragged about it in NOM fundraising emails and on their website. And only after the French marriage bill passed did Brown finally denounce the frequent violence of the protesters he had touted. But while Brown was promoting his mission of hate in Paris, he was hiding another deep, dark voyage: his trip to Russia.

Just days before the Russian parliament passed a bill all but banning Russia’s 600,000 parentless children from being adopted by foreign same-sex couples, Brian Brown advised the Russian Duma (Congress) not only to pass the bill, but to not divorce marriage from the issue of adoption.

“Right now you’re having the fight about adoption, but the adoption issue is indivisible from the marriage issue,” Brown can be heard in the video below telling a Russian reporter. “If you don’t defend your values now, I’m afraid we’re going to see very negative developments all over the world.”

Days later, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the bill into law.

In an extensive two-part exposé, which will be expanded to four parts tomorrow, Right Wing Watch is “exploring how American right-wing groups have supported Russia’s recent spate of anti-gay laws and its crackdown on LGBT citizens.”

Miranda Blue reports that in June, “just days after the Russian Duma passed laws banning on gay ‘propaganda’ and actions that ‘offend religious feelings,’ a delegation of five French Catholic anti-gay activists — at least one with ties to the far-right Front National party — traveled to Moscow at the invitation of the Duma committee on family, women and children to discuss, among other issues, Russia’s plans to tighten its ban on adoption by same-sex couples abroad.”

Joining them was one of the most well-known figures in the American anti-gay movement, National Organization For Marriage president Brian Brown.

Brown had worked closely with the French anti-gay movement in its protests of the country’s marriage equality law, traveling to Paris to demonstrate against the law and signing onto an email to members of the Collectif Famille Mariage, one of the most prominent groups working to oppose marriage equality in France.

(Excerpt, via Google Translate: “You are the people who invented the Gothic art and launched skyward these wonderful cathedrals which the whole civilized world was inspired…The new cathedral that you are to build our eyes is composed of living stones: you, dear French Resistance, youth and adults, men and women, boys and girls!”)

RWW adds that NOM “did not publicly announce Brown’s participation in this international meeting of anti-gay minds. However, his presence was mentioned by Revel in a blog post about the visit, in which he noted that Brown gave a “remarkable speech in the Duma.”

An excerpt:

“But we are now convinced, having heard the presentations of our French brothers and sisters, that we are talking about very serious problems indeed,” Brown told the members of the Russian Duma. “We are talking about violations of rights, we are talking about the rights and problems of children in their education.”

“We should not shy away from this and should not forget about it and create an illusion for ourselves. A reconsideration of the definition and understanding of marriage is in fact a real threat to rights. Very soon after a law was passed that legalized same-sex marriage in the state of Massachusetts, we saw that religious organizations were closing down, religious organizations that dealt with adoptions and that did not support adoption by same-sex families. They were closing one after another.

“We have actually seen that in some schools, they are talking to children about homosexuality, but in fact they don’t have the right to learn about a lot of things like that until a certain age.

“I think that this visit, the invitation to visit Russia, will enable the development of this movement around the world. We will band together, we will defend our children and their normal civil rights. Every child should have the right to have normal parents: a father and a mother.”

Don’t you think it’s curious that anti-gay violence ramps up wherever Brian Brown goes?

Bilerico’s John Becker sums it up like this:

The so-called “National Organization for Marriage” and its president, Brian Brown, are in bed with Russian state-sponsored homophobia, are again actively participating in the exportation of anti-gay hatred abroad, and are collaborating with foreign governments on the legislative bullying of LGBT people and families.

It’s important to remember that courts have time and time again ruled against the National Organization For Marriage’s skirting of donor disclosure laws, and that NOM’s own corporate documents detail board-approved directives to use race to divide Americans, advocate “sideswiping Obama,” and the painting of him as a “social radical.”

NOM’s arrogant treatment of the law and its questionable disclosure practices are par for the course. Their lies about LGBT people and same-sex marriage, however, have fallen into the definition and boundaries of an anti-gay hate group, and it’s time for the Southern Poverty Law Center to once and for all add them to their list.


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russellsvocation October 3, 2013 at 7:39 pm

He is sorta' like George Zimmerman… getting fatter and fatter, without any visible means of support.

NavySquidette October 3, 2013 at 7:42 pm

This meddlesome prick won't stop until he has the entire world marching in lock step with his version of fanaticism. Now, is he going to ensure that these 600,000 orphans are being treated humanely with ALL of their needs being met? I doubt it. He may have just consigned this kids to a death warrant via system neglect.

Str8Grandmother October 3, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Brian Bown's world: Better to stay an Orphan than to have Loving Gay Parents
No Parents are Better than Gay Parents!
Jesus Christ he sneaks into Russia and doesn't even say anything?

Robroberts2013 October 3, 2013 at 8:05 pm

War. Criminal.

Towanda October 3, 2013 at 9:39 pm

As much as I hate to say or think something like this, I am not surprised with Brown's conduct in the least. He knew NOM was losing ground in the United States, so he is taking his vitriol, his lies, and his ignorance to wherever someone will listen to him. If this stunt doesn't land NOM on the SPLC's list of hate groups, I don't know what will. NOM is a shady organization bent on destroying the lives of LGBT people, and Brian Brown is a person who has no redeeming qualities to speak of.

Robroberts2013 October 4, 2013 at 11:37 am

I think the SPLC is afraid to take on the Catholic Church, which is what NOM is. But it is way past time somebody call the Catholic hate cult out for what it truly is.

SantiAcosta October 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm

the devil works in mysterious ways. this thing would rather see children suffer in many ways and live lonely lives just because his book of fiction says its so. even if many in his book of tales has been proven to be false truth. now I know why God weeps.

SeanLiberty13 October 3, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Heinrich Himmler wannabe

BJLincoln October 4, 2013 at 12:52 am

NOM should be listed as a hate group. Brian is as bad as Scott Lively and should be charged with the same things. We can't let these nutjobs go around the world spreading their lies and hate. It's bad enough we let them exists here in the states. If they were doing this to discriminate against any other group, we would stop them.

RainbowDemocrat October 6, 2013 at 7:50 am

Why did we allow this (fill in the blank) back into this country?

StanJames June 14, 2014 at 7:23 pm

NOM IS now on the hate group list of the, the group that trashed the formal Klan with lawsuits

BTW re teh discredited study by a guy at a TX university, here is the largest study ever conducted re gays vs str8s as parents… (june 5 2013)

StanJames June 14, 2014 at 7:26 pm

that study btw said that gays do as well as str8s re parenting. The variable is whether they come from similar socio economic conditions

Why are these extremists so terrified of gays adopting – obvious – more kids growing up respecting gay people

StanJames June 14, 2014 at 7:33 pm

NOm is almost on the SPLC center hate group list – keep it up brown, your almost there

are your undies btw made out of a soviet flag?

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