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Brian Brown: Anti-Gay March Was What the Civil Rights Movement 'Must Have Felt Like'

12:12 pm - 03/28/2013

Yesterday in an interview with Religious Right broadcaster Janet Mefferd, National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown said that his group’s march against gay rights near the Supreme Court reminded him of the Civil Rights Movement. “I was not alive during the Civil Rights Movement but this is what it must have felt like,” Brown said.

This isn’t the first time Brown has compared anti-gay activists to the Civil Rights Movement, however, that hasn’t stopped him from criticizing President Obama for linking the movement for gay rights to the struggle for racial equality.

We were hoping for 5,000 people and we ended up with over 10,000. We filled the whole area in front of the court when we marched. It was a diverse coalition, we had African American leaders, Hispanic leaders, State Sen. Ruben Diaz brought 30 buses from the Bronx; it was just amazing. What I was most happy about, we talked about this before the rally, the way everyone conducted themselves. We were chanting, we were united but when folks tried to get in our way, there were some gay marriage protesters who tried to get in front of the march and stop us even though we had a permit, everyone just knelt down and started praying. I was not alive during the Civil Rights Movement but this is what it must have felt like, people were just so ecstatic to stand up and they did it in a loving, respectful way but they weren’t going to be silenced. I couldn’t be more happy with what happened today, I think it’s a huge step forward for the pro-marriage movement and I don’t think it’s going to be lost on the Supreme Court justices that we were there and we were there in force.

Earlier in the same program, Gary Bauer of American Values told Mefferd that young people tend to back marriage equality because “many of them have breathed the air of the poisoned culture,” and warned that any decision striking down anti-gay marriage laws “would be a serious disaster for our country.”

Bauer: Among young people many of them have breathed the air of the poisoned culture and they might have a different view on it but I do not believe the average college student, burdened with maybe $100,000 of student debt, looking at dim job prospects, is thinking first and foremost when they get up in the morning: wow, I sure do hope men can marry men.

Mefferd: Right, right. I don’t think that’s probably a front burner issue for any of them either. This is interesting though, what we are hearing now from the news reports, the SCOTUS Blog had a number of people who were writing articles today about this, indicating that Justice Anthony Kennedy thinks, it may be the case, that the case should be dismissed with no ruling at all. Now I don’t know how many people expected that coming out of the court today but what is your take on this idea that they could just keep it to California, they may just decide to dismiss the case altogether?

Bauer: I’m hearing the same thing; it would be something of a surprise. I wouldn’t be dancing a jig if that’s the ruling but it sure is better than the ruling that I fear which is that this propaganda campaign will panic Kennedy and maybe even somebody like Chief Justice Roberts to rule that this is a constitutional right hidden in that same provision that has the right to abort babies and that every state’s vote has been struck down. That would be obviously a disaster not only for folks like us but I believe it would be a serious disaster for our country.

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chaya 28th-Mar-2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
kittenmommy 28th-Mar-2013 05:40 pm (UTC)

IKR? Ugh, he looks like such a deeply unpleasant person.
bmh4d0k3n 28th-Mar-2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
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evilnel 28th-Mar-2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
This is pretty much exactly how I feel right now.
strixluna 28th-Mar-2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
No, I'm afraid it was exactly the opposite of what the civil rights movement felt like.
keestone 28th-Mar-2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
Nah, I expect it's probably just what the civil rights movement felt like . . . from the perspective of people fighting against civil rights.

Protests and solidarity in self-righteously trying to keep other people from getting treated like full members of society? Check. Calling the black guy a communist? Check. Namechecking the Antichrist? Check.

Edited at 2013-03-28 05:36 pm (UTC)
darkanddusty 28th-Mar-2013 05:32 pm (UTC)
Besides the fact that he's full of shit... I was there and, unless he's talking about some completely different event, there were A. nowhere near 10,000 anti-gay activists; 5,000 is also pretty damn generous; and B. no anti-gay protesters in front of the building itself. They were all across the street.

That said, I'll go back to breathing the air of this poisoned culture, now.
darkanddusty 28th-Mar-2013 05:36 pm (UTC)
Also, the one anti-gay sign I could see (and, yes, they were far enough across the street that I had to jump up to see them) had a giant swastika on it. So there's that.
berest 28th-Mar-2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
So God created man in his image. Whose image did the God used creating a woman? a woman-monkey?) and why, then, a monkey looks so God-like?
underlankers 28th-Mar-2013 08:06 pm (UTC)
Dr Zaius/

Because God made the Ape in his image, and then he made man. Man is a menace, he should be limited lest he destroy himself.

/Dr Zaius.

moonbladem 28th-Mar-2013 05:47 pm (UTC)
Might I suggest the "fuck this guy" tag? Because he deserves it for being a douche. Ugh.

The tide is coming, asshole. You can yell and scream and shake your fist at it, but it's coming.
clevermanka 28th-Mar-2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
Not The Onion tag would be appropriate, too.
sesmo 28th-Mar-2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
That was precisely my reaction (though not quite as photogenically) when he claimed that he is afraid that the court will "rule that this is a constitutional right hidden in that same provision that has the right to abort babies and that every state’s vote has been struck down."

The level of idiocy ....
teacup_werewolf 28th-Mar-2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
He looks like a smug tool bag.
sfrlz 28th-Mar-2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
I was hoping this was the Onion...
shortsweetcynic 28th-Mar-2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
“I was not alive during the Civil Rights Movement but this is what it must have felt like,” Brown said.

I had to read this eight or nine times before I realized that does, in fact, say what I think it's saying.

I believe Mr. Fillion up there has said all I could possibly say.
lovis 28th-Mar-2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
Me too.

I really thought something was getting lost in translation and I couldn't possibly have read that right...

ladypolitik 28th-Mar-2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
jocelyncs 28th-Mar-2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Douchecanoe, kind of like the Civil Rights Movement that spawned the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court case on the issue of marriage... oh, wait.

crossfire 28th-Mar-2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
Animated gif of a dog swatting a human with his paw.
sunoftheskye 28th-Mar-2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
I just keep rewatching this. It's killing me.
vulturoso 28th-Mar-2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
Gay marriage is legal here in Washington. That air outside isn't poison, it's EQUALITY (and maybe a bit of weed, because freedom).
redstar826 28th-Mar-2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
wrestlingdog 28th-Mar-2013 06:52 pm (UTC)

(I don't think I've seen early!Beatlemania .gifs before.
lykomancer 28th-Mar-2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
the average college student, burdened with maybe $100,000 of student debt, looking at dim job prospects, is thinking first and foremost when they get up in the morning: wow, I sure do hope men can marry men.

Well, no. My first thought is coffee.
My second thought is internet.
I guess gay marriage is somewhere between #s 3-5.
pleasure_past 28th-Mar-2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
My first [coherent] thought is almost always 'Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck, what time is it?!' but sometimes I have dreams about a world without heterosexism. Does that count?
wrestlingdog 28th-Mar-2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
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astridmyrna 28th-Mar-2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
Omg this is the first time I've seen this and it's so perfect.
astridmyrna 28th-Mar-2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
Blade Runner - owl photo owl.gif
shortsweetcynic 29th-Mar-2013 03:08 am (UTC)
i adore this.
cinnamontoast 28th-Mar-2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
thesilverymoon 28th-Mar-2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
SUCH an accurate gif. Anita had (and still has) it coming and this guy does too. Both of them are such awful people.
underlankers 28th-Mar-2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
Poisoned culture? These fuckwits are arguing for political persecution of a group targeted by both Fascists and Communists. If anything their opponents can rightly tar them with the 'Stalin was a homophobe, so why do you want to be like Stalin' brush. If anything homophobia is a first, straightforward sign of if not totalitarianism strong sympathy for and inclination toward those leanings. Regardless of what symbol the ideology has or the cause, be it secular or religious, it displays.

And today's Christian fanatics are totalitarian in goals.
underlankers 28th-Mar-2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, and:

martyfan 28th-Mar-2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
...because the goal of the civil rights movement was totally to deny people their rights. Yep. Nothing at ALL lost in translation there.
eldvno 28th-Mar-2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
DUH! It took rights away from white people! Gosh, you just don't get it!
eldvno 28th-Mar-2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
His face is my reaction right now, sort of an "ewww"

But apparently he thinks it's a smile
tigerdreams 28th-Mar-2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
I was not alive during the Civil Rights Movement but this is what it must have felt like

Though no, I concede that his little protest must have been exactly what the Civil Rights Movement must have felt like... from the "let's protest to deny rights to people who are different than us (and therefore inherently lesser)" side.

Edit: HTML, how does it work?

Edited at 2013-03-28 09:14 pm (UTC)
nesmith 28th-Mar-2013 10:02 pm (UTC)

tabaqui 28th-Mar-2013 11:34 pm (UTC)
Ooh, now he's in trouble, he's pissed off Castiel.... :)
lizzy_someone 28th-Mar-2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
There is nothing in the universe more arrogant, entitled, and ass-backward ignorant than a straight cis white able-bodied middle-class-or-higher man who a) works against an oppressed minority's civil rights like it is his job BECAUSE HE LITERALLY GETS PAID TO BE A BIGOT and b) has the fucking balls to liken himself to an oppressed minority fighting against people like him.
tabaqui 28th-Mar-2013 11:34 pm (UTC)
Fucking this, so damn hard.
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