National Organization for Marriage president: Supreme Court robbed Californians

By Eric W. Dolan
Sunday, June 30, 2013 14:50 EDT
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The Supreme Court trampled on Californians by striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, according to National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown.

“We just saw who was harmed,” he said on ABC’s This Week. “The rule of law is harmed and all those millions of voters in the state of California who stood up and said we know the truth about marriage, we know that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. They are harmed when the courts are used to say they don’t have a right to be represented.”

NOM was formed in 2007 specifically to pass California’s Proposition 8 to ban same-sex marriage. The ballot measure was approved by 52 percent of voters in 2008 and soon faced several legal challenges. The state of California refused to defend the law before the U.S. Supreme Court, which was a key reason why it was defeated.

“What it did do was rob the proponents of Proposition 8 after they have seen utter lawlessness with Governor Brown and the attorney general refusing to defend the law, not giving them a defense,” Brown said. “The court said, well, the proponents don’t have standing. It did not say there was constitutional right to redefine marriage.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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