Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), has been elected president of the World Congress of Families (WCF).

According to Right Wing Watch, Brown has worked with the group since at least 2013, when he spoke in favor of anti-LGBT laws at the group's invitation before the Russian parliament.

The World Congress of Families in 2014 called on more nations to follow Russia's lead in adopting laws that prohibit “gay propaganda” to minors.

In 2008, NOM won a major victory in California with passage of Proposition 8, the state's now-defunct constitutional amendment that defined marriage as a heterosexual union. The group replicated its success in several states, but began to stall out by the early 2010s as support for marriage equality in the United States increased. In the wake of the Supreme Court's finding last year that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry, NOM's mission shifted from excluding gay couples from marriage to undermining the high court's ruling, though it continues to advocate for a constitutional amendment which would supersede the court's decision.

“I am honored that the Board of the World Congress of Families has elected me to serve as its president, and I look forward to continuing to work to advance the pro-family movement in the US and around the world,” Brown said in a NOM press release. “Preserving and promoting the natural family as the core institution of society is an essential task if we are to build strong, stable, healthy communities.”

“In recent years, secular leaders around the world have become obsessed with advancing so-called 'alternative' family structures. But there is no family structure more valuable and important to children and civilization as a whole than that of a married father and mother raising the children born of their union in an intact and loving family,” Brown added. “I look forward to contributing to WCF's work to develop and advance pro-family policies around the world.”