Brian Brown, the president of the
National Organization for Marriage (NOM), has said losing marriage
equality issues in four states on Tuesday won't affect his
In remarks to BuzzFeed.com,
Brown also stated that he believes Republican presidential candidate
Mitt Romney is a solid opponent of gay marriage, despite not
mentioning the issue much on the campaign trail since he secured the
“Mitt Romney supports marriage as the
union of a man and a woman,” Brown said, adding that as governor he
was strongly opposed to the Massachusetts Supreme Court's 2004 ruling
legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples: “He was very
strong, he spoke at rallies, he was strong the whole way through.
Were there some people that were disappointed that he didn't just, by
fiat, say, 'We're not going to obey the judges!'? There are always
people that do that, but in the real world, Romney went above and
“He's always been a strong supporter
of protecting marriage, and he was an early signer of [NOM's]
Marriage Pledge. We obviously believe that he will follow through in
his commitment; I don't see why anyone would say otherwise.”
While Brown discredited polling which
indicates increasing support for gay nuptials, he also appeared to
concede that his group could lose big on Tuesday.
“This makes clear that the people of
this country know that marriage is the union of a man and a woman,
and all this talk about somehow the country turning is absolutely
false, and that protecting marriage is a winning issue. If we lose
one, that would still be the same.”
“It becomes harder if it's two, three
or four, but I don't think that's going to happen.”
If it happens, Brown added, that would
“be a bad day, but we live to fight on. We fight, day in and day
out. We've been down before, we've come back. It's not going to
change anything as far as our commitment to the battle.”
Later he added, “This is never over.
We're not giving up any ground. Ever.”
Brown also predicted a shift away from
the states and towards the federal government if the Supreme Court
strikes down California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8.
“There will be a Federal Marriage
Amendment fight if the court does take the Perry case and then
rules against us,” he said.