The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is not happy that a Pennsylvania county clerk began offering marriage licenses to same-sex couples this week. Brian Brown railed against the clerk for “flaunting the law,” and used the opportunity to call for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state:
BROWN: This illegal action by Montgomery County officials is an insult to voters, legislators and the rule of law. We demand that state judges put an immediate end to this lawlessness. In addition, we call on the Pennsylvania Legislature to act immediately to pass a proposed marriage amendment preserving marriage as it has always existed throughout the state’s history as one man and one woman.
These county officials are brazenly flaunting the law; substituting their personal views for those of the people as expressed through their elected representatives in state government Their actions go beyond marriage and implicates the integrity of the rule of law. This cannot be allowed to stand. We will explore every opportunity to hold these officials responsible for intentionally violating the law, including paths leading to their removal from office. In the meantime, we call on the state Legislature to put an amendment on the ballot preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Such a proposed constitutional amendment will give voters the ability to decide this issue for themselves, rather than allow state officials to impose their own views with no say so from the people.
But as The New Civil Rights Movement points out, Brown is engaging in some glaring hypocrisy. NOM has previously applauded local officials who flaunt marriage equality laws and refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In New York, they championed clerks like Barbara MacEwen, who resigned rather than issue same-sex marriage licenses, as a “hero” and “victim.” Moreover, NOM declared it “un-American” that there was a backlash against Rose Marie Belforti, the town clerk in Ledyard, New York who similarly refused to do her job, leaving one lesbian couple feeling like “second-class citizens.” NOM repeatedly highlighted her story and even used it to fundraise, praising her for flaunting the law and urging supporters to help protect her “religious freedom.”
Apparently, NOM believes it’s perfectly acceptable to use religion as an excuse to ignore the law and discriminate against same-sex couples, but has no appreciation for upholding the constitution by treating them equally.
Watch NOM’s video painting Belforti as a victim:
NOM has doubled down, urging supporters to contact Gov. Tom Corbett (R) and ask him to take action against the clerk, Bruce Hanes. Corbett’s office has criticized him for issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but has not taken any steps to prevent him from continuing to do so. Other lawmakers, like state Rep. Daylin Leach (D), have applauded Hanes for his “courageous decision.”