Brian Brown, president of National Organization for Marriage, at Paris marriage discrimination rally

Marriage equality opponents have ramped up violent rhetoric, and anti-gay physical violence has sharply increased, in the wake of the recent approval of a marriage equality bill by the French Parliament.

Hollande wants blood, and he will get it,” Frigide Barjot, leader of France’s version of National Organization for Marriage, La Manif Por Tous, was quoted this week as saying (“Hollande veut du sang, il en aura!“).

Barjot went on to say that “We live in a dictatorship. The President of the Republic has guillotined us,” according to Gay Star News.

Barjot’s violent rhetoric was echoed by members of Union for a Popular Movement, the party of Nicolas Sarkozy:

Herve Mariton, a Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party deputy, called the government’s pro-gay stance ‘an incitement to civil war.’

Fellow UMP deputy Christian Jacob said: ‘The President of the Republic is risking a violent confrontation with the French people’ by advancing the marriage equality bill into law.

Let Us Beat Swords into Plowshares“. Photo credit: United Nations.

Brian Brown, president of National Organization for Marriage, must immediately repudiate the violent rhetoric of his French colleagues.  NOM has actively engaged in the French marriage debate by running an anti-gay referendum campaign and participating in public protests there.

Brown himself has seeded the atmosphere in France with reckless rhetoric, terming the January marriage discrimination protest in Paris “a massive popular rebellion“, and admiring Frigide Barjot’s speech at the rally as “the speech of a lifetime”.

While nobody can be held accountable for the words of another person, the silence of Mr. Brown in the face of the violent rhetoric of his colleagues amounts to tacit approval.  If NOM’s goal is to protect children, as Mr. Brown is fond of claiming, then he must swiftly repudiate this dangerous, inflammatory rhetoric and the physical violence that it is spawning.