By Trudy Ring
Originally published on Advocate.com January 09 2014 7:24 PM ET
Brian Brown, the president of the antigay National Organization for Marriage, is latching on to the U.S. Supreme Court’s stay of a Utah marriage equality ruling to claim there’s “momentum” for his side against “rabid same-sex marriage bullies” who would make Christians second-class citizens.
And in other right-wing news, antigay activist Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality says he’d prefer to see children with single parents than with same-sex couples, and he wants to recriminalize homosexuality — but he’s not quite sure how to punish it.
Brown sent out a lengthy fundraising email yesterday, lauding the decision to halt same-sex marriages in Utah while the state appeals a federal court ruling striking down its ban on such unions, David Badash reports at The New Civil Rights Movement. “Brown writes that ‘this week saw a monumental shift in momentum for the marriage debate in our country,’ as if the Court’s stay were a big deal,” Badash writes. “It’s not. If anything, it paves the way for the Court to appear to be fair if the case gets to them.”
Brown also writes that the stay “slows the stampede of rabid same-sex marriage bullies who are willing to trample over the rights of everyone else in order to get their way. There’s no telling how many true constitutional rights these radicals would run roughshod over to gain their prize of a faux right to genderless ‘marriage’ and a regime under which Christians and others are relegated to second-class citizen status.”
Badash goes on to note that Brown is encouraging his supporters to sign a petition on Act Right, a site he owns, calling on Congress to pass an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would limit marriage to opposite-sex couples. With a majority of Americans supporting marriage equality, his effort appears doomed, and he appears to be “bottom-feeding for email addresses to add to his fundraising lists,” Badash writes.
Meanwhile, when LaBarbera appeared Tuesday on Alan Colmes’s radio talk show, Colmes mentioned that a household with two opposite-sex parents, lauded by the right as ideal for children, is not available to all kids. He asked LaBarbera if a single-parent home or one with two same-sex parents is preferable. LaBarbera responded, “I tend to think they’d be better off in a single-parent household because you’re not modeling homosexual behavior. When you have two men raising a young child, that child grows up learning dysfunction and a sexual perversion as normal. He’s learning a sexual perversion as normality.”
Colmes also pressed LaBarbera on his plan to recriminalize homosexuality, specifically reinstating sodomy laws. When Colmes asked what the punishment should be, LaBarbera admitted he hadn’t worked that out. “So you want these laws on the books but you don’t know what to do about them?” Colmes said. “You keep talking about criminalizing sodomy and using the country of Jamaica as a model for that, but you’re not telling me how you would enforce it, and then what the punishment should be. So you don’t have a well-rounded idea of how to approach the idea of criminalizing it.”
Listen to clips below, courtesy of Right Wing Watch.