Brian Brown, president of the National
Organization for Marriage (NOM), continues to call on President-elect
Donald Trump to reverse marriage equality.
Trump has made conflicting statements
about last year's Supreme Court finding that gay and lesbian couples
have a constitutional right to marry. In 2012, he said that he's
opposed to such unions but later confided that he had attended a
“beautiful” same-sex wedding. The following year, he said he was
“evolving” on the issue. But during the campaign, Trump said
that he would sign the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), a GOP bill
that would undermine the marriages of gay couples, and would appoint
conservative judges to the Supreme Court in a similar vein to the
late Justice Antonin Scalia, a vocal opponent of LGBT rights and a
dissenter on the high court's Obergefell ruling.
an interview with 60
Minutes, Trump said that he was “fine” with the Supreme
Court's ruling, though he refused to answer whether he supports
marriage equality, saying that his opinion was “irrelevant.”
“It's done. These cases have gone to
the Supreme Court. They've been settled. And I'm fine with that,”
Trump told Lesley Stahl.
In a tweet the following day, Brown
criticized the president-elect.
“Same-sex 'marriage' is #notsettled
@realDonaldTrump,” Brown said. “SCOTUS betrayed the
constitution. Please stand up for the voters!”
In a blog post on Friday, Brown called
on supporters to “help NOM make America great again” by reversing
the gains made by the LGBT community.
“NOM can play a powerful role in
helping make America great again by mobilizing our supporters,
expanding our coalition and serving as a voice for the truth of
traditional moral values,” Brown said. “You see, to a very large
degree, making American great again means making American families
strong again. It means promoting the truth of marriage. It means
helping ensure that children receive the love of their mother and
father. It means that the truth of gender be respected, and promoted,
not ignored and redefined. It means that religious liberty and the
faith-principles that undergird our constitution be restored.”
During the GOP primary, NOM backed
Texas Senator Ted Cruz for the presidential nomination, saying that
Trump had abandoned the fight against marriage equality. In
an ad that ran in South Carolina, the group urged GOP voters to
“dump Trump” over the issue.