During an appearance on MSNBC's UP,
Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage
(NOM), faced a hostile crowd.
On the program, Brown disagreed with
host Steve Kornacki's conclusion that a majority of Americans now
support marriage equality.
“When it comes to same-sex marriage,
we're talking about a country in the last 15 years that has
fundamentally changed majority support for this,” Kornacki said.
“I actually disagree with that. Of
course the polling has moved. Why would the polling not move in the
direction of redefining marriage when you have almost all of the
elites trying to bludgeon and put down people who disagree with this
new orthodoxy as somehow …,” Brown said before being interrupted.
Brown later added that if his side
loses a proposed constitutional amendment in Indiana to limit
marriage to heterosexual couples next year, his group would “continue
and stand up and fight in and out of season for the truth. And the
truth is, and Americans know this, the truth is there is something
unique and special about men and women coming together in marriage
and that is not bigotry.”
Aisha Moodie-Mills of the Center for
American Progress disagreed.
“You know I'm reminded, it's a very
short history here, of all of the arguments that were made to support
Jim Crow laws, to support slavery, right? All the kind of
anti-miscegenation that was happening. And it is absolutely the same
type of bigotry. What we're talking here is a group of people who
think that because there are other folks who are different they
should be treated differently under the law,” Moodie-Mills said.
the segment on MSNBC.)