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NOM President Brian Brown touts honorary degree from non-existent university

Thursday, March 7, 2013

National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown is touting an honorary degree he’s received from a non-existent university.

On Monday, Brown – fresh off a jaunt to Paris in an attempt to take NOM’s anti-LGBT message abroad – tweeted that he was “honored to receive honorary doctorate this weekend in Memphis from American Urban U. & Church of God in Christ!”

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Brown also tweeted a picture of himself receiving the “honorary degree.”

But the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) said Wednesday that has independently confirmed that American Urban University does not exist, and that the “school” is not in operation as a post-secondary institution.

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s Database of Accredited Post-secondary Institutions and Programs, there is no American Urban University accredited post-secondary institution anywhere in the country. The Tennessee Higher Education Committee lists no such school on its database of authorized institutions, the HRC said.

“NOM just continues to remove itself further and further from reality,” said HRC Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz.

“Brian Brown has made it a habit of denying the growing support for marriage equality despite the historic victories we achieved in 2012 and a wide array of polling that shows support growing across virtually all demographics,” said Sainz.

“He has conveniently ignored the fact that his membership base is rapidly deteriorating and that his organization relies on the deep coffers of just two donors. And now apparently he thinks it’s perfectly normal to receive a degree from a non-existent university.”

Public records indicate that the “university” was incorporated in California – not Tennessee – and has had its corporate status suspended. According to the California Secretary of State, some of the reasons an entity can have its status revoked include a failure to pay taxes or other fees, or a failure to file all required information with the state.

“This is just more bizarre, head-scratching behavior from NOM and Brian Brown,” added Sainz. “Congratulations to Mr. Brown on his well-deserved recognition from the non-existent American Urban University.”

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30 more reader comments:

  1. Brian thinks the only good gay is a dead gay. Tyranical theocratic self loathing bigot.

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:39pm
  2. sounds about right

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:40pm
  3. Haha! Way to go, idiot lol

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:42pm
  4. An honorary degree is about as important as he is.

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:42pm
  5. Fake, Liar, Asshole…that covers the bases

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:45pm
  6. haha

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:45pm
  7. Fucking idiot. Can’t wait till he dies so I can piss on his grave!

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:46pm
  8. way to go fucktard wow you really have to be a no body to try and make yourself known asshole

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:46pm
  9. Douvhe

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:48pm
  10. Hilarious!

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:49pm
  11. Douche nozzle

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:49pm
  12. the man is at least a taco short of a combo plate. jus saying

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:49pm
  13. The “College” that he got his “Honorary Degree” from a non-existent school that is a failed corporation.

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:51pm
  14. I would point out only one thing to this article. “Accredited” school…it could indeed exist and have given him a degree…but my toilet paper carries as much credentials as that degree. ;)

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:53pm
  15. I’m pleased to announce that I’ve recently been granted an honorary degree from “The University of Jack’s Kitchen”.

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 1:08pm
  16. Who is this guy?

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 1:13pm
  17. What a disgrace! What a joke, what a waste of oxygen!

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 1:17pm
  18. I am also please to announce that I’ve recently received an honorary degree in child development from “Michael Jackson University”.

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 1:26pm
  19. I have a honorary degree in Bull Shit identification from the University of Olympus Mons, Mars!

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 1:28pm
  20. Blowhard

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 1:45pm
  21. He is so obviously an angry, fearful, and desperate man. He’s afraid he’s going to be plowed under by the onward progression of marriage equality. And he should be afraid…very afraid.

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 1:55pm
  22. Non-Existent University LOL

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 1:58pm
  23. The same way he got ethics.

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 1:59pm
  24. hahahahahahaha damn dude at least lie about a real university…dumb ass

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 2:04pm
  25. Thomas Alex, before you piss on his grave and get it all dirty, let me take tap dancing lessons and then dance on his grave first!

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 2:14pm
  26. Dumbsh……!

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 2:17pm
  27. From the article:

    “”…his organization relies on the deep coffers of just two donors.”"

    Who are these two donors?

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 2:29pm
  28. OOOPS! LMAO

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 2:33pm
  29. A disturbed liar!

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 3:28pm
  30. Who secretly worships Penis!

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 3:29pm