Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, didn’t mean for it to happen.
He probably didn’t think it would happen when he agreed to debate noted gay activist Dan Savage.
And he probably isn’t aware that it did happen, but he will soon be.
Through a statement he made in the debate – held in Savage’s home – Brown has become an “accidental ally” for the cause of marriage equality.
During the debate (starting at 47:40) the moderator pointedly asked Brown if he was in favor of making divorce illegal.
Brown said the following:
“Because you believe something is wrong doesn’t mean you make it illegal”
Savage, aware of Brown’s faux pas, immediately asked him why doesn’t he think the same way regarding marriage equality. Brown’s answer was poor:
“Gay marriage cannot exist. There cannot be a marriage between two men or two women.”
Brown then went into a bizarre tangent about cats and dogs.
But those who viewed the debate – supporting and opposing marriage equality – noted just how big the mistake Brown made by his statement.
Jeremy Hooper from the blog Goodasyou created the following:
And the Facebook page, I bet this turkey can get more fans than NOM, created the following graphic:
Who would have thought that from a quick slip of the tongue, Brown undermines the entire argument for passing laws against gay marriage and becomes the gay community’s unwitting ally in the cause for marriage equality.
How quick will it be before he and NOM scramble to correct the public image damage of this one?