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NOM’s Brian Brown: Gays ‘are already treated equally under the law’

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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The National Organization for Marriage on Tuesday criticized — to no one’s surprise — President Barack Obama’s LGBT-inclusive inaugural address, calling it an attempt to “further divide the nation on the question of what is marriage.”

On Monday, in his address to the nation after taking the oath of office for his second term, Obama said the nation’s journey is not complete “until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

A perplexed NOM president Brian Brown said gays and lesbians “are already treated equally under the law” — because they can enter into heterosexual marriage just like heterosexuals.

“They have the same civil rights as anyone else; they have the right to live as they wish and love whom they choose. What they don’t have is the right to redefine marriage for all of society. … The President is profoundly wrong to imply that those who have acted to protect marriage have denied anyone’s rights by doing so.”

“A presidential inauguration should be a time for the nation to come together; instead President Obama chose to voice his support for a radical agenda advanced by some of his biggest campaign contributors to redefine marriage for everyone.”

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