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NOM's Brown: 'Duck Dynasty' Support Shows Americans Don't Want Gay Marriage

Friday, 03 Jan 2014 02:04 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Americans showed how much they oppose gay marriage when they overwhelmingly supported "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson through his battles with the A&E Network, says the president of the National Organization for Marriage.

"We got a powerful demonstration of where the American people stand over the past 10 days," Brian Brown wrote Thursday in an opinion piece carried in The Daily Caller.

"There’s a reason why gay marriage advocates have focused much of their attention on forcing a redefinition of marriage through the courts. They realize that when the American people get involved, they consistently demonstrate their support for true marriage."

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The NOM president said when Robertson expressed his views about homosexuals, "he expressed a traditional Christian viewpoint on human sexuality. For that matter, it’s a viewpoint shared by virtually every major religion."

Robertson was suspended from the reality show because of the remarks, but Brown said his family "stood strong and announced that they could not imagine the show continuing without Phil at the helm. And the American people rose to support them."

NOM launched a petition drive and A&E brought Robertson back despite pressure from gay rights groups.

"This is not the first time the country has reacted to homosexual activists’ bullying with a show of support for true marriage," Brown wrote in the conservative Daily Caller.

Brown also wrote that he expects the issue of same-sex marriage to end up back in the Supreme Court, despite the court's "terrible ruling" last year effectively allowing it.

A decision by the court could come as early as Friday afternoon, based on an appeal from Utah officials of a federal judge's decision striking down the state ban on gay marriage.

"If SCOTUS accepts the appeal, we may have a definitive ruling on the constitutionality of marriage sometime in 2014," said Brown.

But regardless, he added, the "survival of marriage as the nation has always known it" may depend on whether Americans take action.

"They’d need to do more than sign a petition — they’d need to demand that their political leaders amend the US constitution to preserve marriage," he wrote.

There are two ways that can happen, Brown said. Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp and 60 other lawmakers have proposed an amendment for states to ratify, he noted, or states could "take matters into their own hands and call a constitutional convention to preserve marriage."

Americans, he concluded, are "fed up with the elite telling us marriage must be abandoned in the name of 'equality.'"

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