Brian Brown, president of the National
Organization for Marriage (NOM), has accused Fox News of not taking
the gay marriage issue seriously during the GOP debate.
In a blog post, Brown attacked Fox
News, saying that it had “bumbled badly” in not asking more
pointed questions on the topic during Thursday's debate.
“The nation watched the first debate
of the presidential cycle this week, as Fox News hosted the affair
from Cleveland on Thursday evening. As many NOM supporters have
observed, the mainstream media rarely treats the marriage issue with
the importance it deserves, and even Fox News has been reluctant to
give it fair and balanced coverage,” Brown wrote.
“Regrettably, this was evident in
their handling of the marriage issue during the presidential debate.
Only two candidates were asked about marriage, and it was phrased in
an adversarial way, pitting support for traditional marriage as being
at odds with support for a gay family member. How ridiculous!”
During the debate, Ohio Governor John
Kasich was asked how he would explain his opposition to marriage
equality to a son or daughter if he or she were gay. He went on to
say that he would love his daughter if she were gay. His answer drew
applause from the audience.
“Sadly, when it came to the marriage
issue, Fox News bumbled badly. We hope that future debates will give
the candidates a fuller opportunity to expound on their views about
protecting marriage and the actions they will take as president to
reverse the illegitimate ruling of the Supreme Court,” he added.