Brian Brown, president of the National
Organization for Marriage (NOM), remembered Supreme Court Justice
Antonin Scalia, who died Saturday of a heart attack.
The leader of the nation's largest
group working to undermine the court's June finding that gay and
lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry called Scalia a
“giant of a man in every way.”
“He was a faithful Catholic, loving
husband and devoted father,” Brown wrote. “As a lawyer and
judge, his towering intellect helped shape the law and counter the
unceasing pressure by liberal jurists to move the country to the left
based on their concept of an 'evolving' constitution.”
Brown praised Scalia's dissents in
cases involving gay rights, including Lawrence v. Texas, the
2003 case that struck down sodomy laws in 14 states.
In Lawrence “Scalia skewered
[Justice Anthony] Kennedy and the majority for basing their decision
not on the constitution but on the observation that the Bowers
ruling had been repeatedly publicly criticized,” Brown wrote.
“Justice Scalia presciently warned that the ruling would inevitably
lead to gay marriage and the striking down of laws against polygamy,
bigamy, adult incest and bestiality because the Court was effectively
banning states from considering the morality of sexual practices as
an intrusion into the personal and private life of the individual.”
“That is why we absolutely must elect
a proven conservative champion as president who we can trust without
question to appoint a constitutionalist like the late Justice
Scalia,” Brown added, referring to Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a vocal
opponent of LGBT rights.