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Caught: Brian Brown’s Incredible Hypocrisy On County Clerks And Marriage Licenses

by David Badash on July 24, 2013

in Marriage,News,Politics

National Organization For Marriage president Brian Brown is just not good at covering his tracks.

In July 2011 — almost two years ago to the day — lamenting New York’s recently passed law supporting same-sex marriage, Brown called town clerks who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples — in violation of the new law — “the first victims” on “the front-lines of the marriage debate.”

“They invested years in jobs where they never expected to have to help solemnize gay unions,” Brown conveniently cried in their defense, via a fundraising email. “Welcome to the world gay-marriage advocates are trying to create,” he continued.

NOM actually ran three stories on their blog, holding up as a hero, a “victim,” and a “casualty” one New York town clerk who ultimately ended up resigning.

MacEwen | NOM Blog-1

Today, however, Brian Brown sang a different tune. He went ballistic over the clerks in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, who issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples this morning.

LOOK: Same-Sex Couples Begin Marrying In Pennsylvania As Clerks Defy Ban

“These county officials are brazenly flaunting the law,” Brown said in a statement, adding they are “substituting their personal views for those of the people as expressed through their elected representatives in state government.”

Curiously, that New York town clerk who refused in 2011 to follow the law was a hero and a “victim,” despite the fact that by refusing to issue marriage licenses she would have been “brazenly flaunting the law” and “substituting [her] personal views for those of the people as expressed through their elected representatives in state government.”

Brown today added of those Montgomery County, PA clerks:

Their actions go beyond marriage and implicates [sic] the integrity of the rule of law. This cannot be allowed to stand. We will explore every opportunity to hold these officials responsible for intentionally violating the law, including paths leading to their removal from office.”

So, it’s really not “the law” that Brian Brown has an issue with, it’s the law he likes — or doesn’t. That’s not following the rule of law, that’s hypocrisy, Brian Brown style.

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{ 5 comments }

Alex_Parrish July 24, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Hippo-hippo-hippocrite!! Gotcha BB!!

JeffFeldman July 24, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Brian Brownnose s a total asshole. Period.

Huntercgo July 25, 2013 at 7:04 am

He's not hypocritical at all — he's perfectly consistent: it's OK to break the law if the law mandates equal treatment for gay people, it's not OK to break the law if the law discriminates against gay people.

See?

Sarah Beach July 26, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Well done, as usual, David. Your ability to write so many important stories, concisely and with character, is impressive as hell. Thanks for the incredibly hard work you do to bring these issues to light in a way that's always a pleasure to read.

JeffreyRO5 July 27, 2013 at 11:43 am

Brown continues his desperate attempt to cling to his $260,000 per year job. Given NOM's string of failures, that's not likely to happen. With eight kids so far, I can imagine his horror at having to look for new work, with the likely prospect of a much lower salary. Perhaps he can sell used cars somewhere!

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