Thursday, September 3, 2009
Michelangelo Signorile on his radio show challenged the National Organization for Marriage's Executive Director Brian Brown on a number of issues about his organization's efforts to keep marriage equality off the law books.
In the interview, Signorile attempts to get an answer out of Brown about why he thinks that interracial marriage should not have been put up to a public vote (which, if this had happened, a majority of Americans would have banned it) and why he believes marriage equality for gays and lesbians should be.
Brown answers that some issues should be voted on and others left to the courts and legislature. He never explains why and how it should be decided.
Signorile also questions Brown about NOM's tax returns and the suspicious "funneling" of money to another organization headed by Brown. Signorile pressures Brown to answer how he can believe that NOM is a secular organization when it's quite clear Brown and Maggie Gallagher are motivated by their religious beliefs.
Hear the interview in its entirety on "The Gist" website.
For me, it's very frustrating to listen to Brown. He refuses to admit that he's motivated by his religious beliefs, though he's delusional to think he can convince anyone that he's not (even the brown nosing of the Washington Post couldn't cover that up). I have more respect for people when they're honest about what they believe and stand up for it, but Brown won't.
Since he won't admit that it's religious, then what is it? Does he want us to believe it boils down to a simple case of homophobia (not that religious belief and homophobia are mutually exclusive, but they don't always go hand-in-hand either)?
Brown doesn't do himself any justice in this interview. Signorile doesn't give him any outs nor does he allow him to rest on rhetoric and vapid talking points, and it's quite obvious Brown wasn't prepared. Prepared to cover his tracks, that is.