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NOM’s Brian Brown Finds It ‘Particularly Egregious’ Obama Thinks Homosexuals Should be Protected

We already knew the Washington Post lends space to hate leaders and propagandists, so it should be no surprise to see smiling bigot Brian Brown, the National Organization for Marriage president, bylined in today’s paper. A real life pro-discrimination advocate, ladies and gentlemen!

As you might’ve guessed, Brown’s Topic A today is Barack Obama’s declaration that DOMA is unconstitutional and DoJ will stop defending it.

President Obama’s announcement Wednesday that he will refuse to do his job when it comes to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is part of this stunning pattern of rejecting the democratic process. Obama said that his administration would not defend the law in legal challenges because it is unconstitutional but that it would continue to enforce the law selectively. This is incomprehensible and incoherent, except in nakedly political terms. The president is using his power to do what he – and his base – wants.

Particularly egregious is Obama’s unilateral declaration that homosexuals are a specially protected class under the Constitution and that this is the reason DOMA is unconstitutional. But the Constitution does not directly say so. Congress has passed no such law. Nor has the Supreme Court ever said that homosexual people are a protected class.

Oh right, because a president and DoJ have never, ever decided not to defend a law they believed unconstitutional. Surely the now-sitting Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts would know nothing about this.

But it’s not like Brown is crying too much over Obama’s decision. There’s always an upside!

Thanks to the president’s dereliction of duty, the House now has a clear pathway to intervene in legal challenges. If the House does so, that would mean there will finally be lawyers in the courtroom, arguing before the judge, who actually want to uphold the statute and win their case. There’s nothing radical about one or both houses of Congress intervening in a court case; it has happened several times in recent decades. As Hans von Spakovsky, a former Justice Department attorney and senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, put it: “Congress clearly has the authority to retain special counsel to represent its interests in litigation. As history shows, Congress uses that authority most often when there is a conflict between the views of the Administration and the Legislature.” The barrier to House intervention has been that typically the House intervenes only when the administration fails to defend a law Congress believes is constitutional. Obama just removed that obstacle.

And if John Boehner wants to spend his T-2 Years as House speaker challenging Obama’s decision, that’s up to him. But this is the same guy who responded to Obama’s declaration that “[w]hile Americans want Washington to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending, the President will have to explain why he thinks now is the appropriate time to stir up a controversial issue that sharply divides the nation.” And if he challenges, then it will actually be Boehner who must explain why he thinks now is the appropriate time to continue discriminating against an entire class of Americans.

By:           Ryan Tedder
On:           Feb 25, 2011
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  • 14 Comments
    • Cam
      Cam

      They have been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which uses as one of it’s basis the fact that a group continually uses untrue information to attack another group etc…

      So the Washington Post is basically asking a Klansmen what his opinions are on affirmative action.

      Feb 25, 2011 at 11:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mark
      Mark

      Brian, this is not about protection. This is about equal rights. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less. when you finally pass to the other side, and if there is a god and you’re standing there in judgment, how do you think you’re going to get through the questioning of your hatred toward fellow human beings? Hmmm????? Show me exactly where, in the original aramic text of the bible the word hate appears, and I will qualify that as in the New Testament – which is after all the only section of the bible a true christian should be paying any attention to. I mean after all…….

      Feb 25, 2011 at 11:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Simon
      Simon

      Just another f*cktard – like bunch of gays and lesbians would destroy all heterosexual marriages. Gaypocalypse. Stupid hypocrite f*ck.

      Feb 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • justiceontherocks
      justiceontherocks

      I think it’s particularly egregious that a reputable publication, or anyone else, cares what this guy thinks. He hasn’t earned that right.

      Feb 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Francis
      Francis

      Next.

      Feb 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Devon
      Devon

      I find his face particularly egregious.

      Feb 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tjr101
      tjr101

      It looks like his mom accidentally sat on his face when he was a baby.

      Feb 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeffree
      Jeffree

      Poor Brian Brown’s just worried about his fat pàychëck, not the protection of marriage. He’s realizing that their càsh-côw cause is a losing battle.

      NOM’s increasing inability to sway popular opinion against marriage equality (opinion polls, Maryland) and the Administration’s new stance on DOMA mean that they’re no longer invincible.

      Feb 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Marc
      Marc

      Have another biscuit, carb face. You guys are on the wrong side of history, and you will lose.

      Feb 25, 2011 at 9:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • McMike
      McMike

      Who’s the overweight gay guy in the picture?

      Feb 25, 2011 at 9:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • adman
      adman

      Why does gay face look so awkward on this man-boy? Is it the fairy tale promises of a better life in the here-after that made him so confused? I’m betting it is.

      Feb 25, 2011 at 11:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeffree
      Jeffree

      I wish I could interview Mrs.Brian Brown to ask how she feels about her husband’s full time job advocating against LGB people. And how she’d react if one of their many offspiring turned out to be Queer.

      Feb 26, 2011 at 12:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jim Hlavac
      Jim Hlavac

      I would like a tax cut equal to the amount of money spent on defending this Orwellian named law. Whether by the White House or Congress — why on earth should gay folks have to pay for this law against us and it’s defense. The concept is galling.

      Feb 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tony
      Tony

      I can’t understand these “straight” people who are obsessed with LGBT rights…or can I ??? Duh…it’s so obvious that Bri-guy and Maggie are repressed closeted homos themselves and spend their lives turning their self hatred onto the rest of society. Pathetic creatures really….they know that we know who they really are and it’s really getting to them. Hey Brian and Mags…we see you…we get it…and you know it ! Why not embrace who you are and do some good in the world instead of leaving a legacy of lies and hate? I feel sorry for you, really.

      Feb 26, 2011 at 7:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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