This is the face of evil: Brian Brown, the founder of the National Organization for Marriage, was not only a key figure in the passing of Proposition 8 in California, which banned same-sex marriage as a means to preserve his view of the immaculate nuclear American family, but is now spreading his American brand of hatred under the guise of “defending freedom” across the world. In the last few years, he has traveled though Europe and Latin America extensively, poisoning the world’s stage with calls to subjugate and excommunicate a LARGE portion of the world population.
Most notably, his visits to France and Russia and his correspondence with anti-gay rights organizations therein are cause for alarm. He, as well as many other American hatemongers, has summoned enough support in the last year to bring together over forty various right-wing groups across the planet in what is called the “World Congress of Families,” as quoted by Jay Michaelson from thedailybeast.com, which will be held in 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Think about this! Representatives from across the world are coming together in a single city in the United States of America with a common goal: to undo decades of protests, riots, personal sacrifices, and political turmoil so a select group of religiously radical people who have absolutely NOTHING to do with the private affairs of men, women, transsexual, and intersexed people who want to wed as a means to express their personal love and how it is expressed to society in both spiritual and legal contexts. It took the victors of World War I several years before they created the League of Nations, a precursor to the United Nations we, as a global community, have today. Even still, the League of Nations was largely ineffectual since it had no military support to back up its declarations. An international body established to offer counsel and mediate diplomacy so as to avoid further wars, a noble cause despite the reality of their situation, fell apart at the seams because peace and compromise were viewed as weakness on a national scale. Efforts invested in the coexistence of nations and peoples are always tumultuous because the benefit of one party will usually lead to the detriment of the others. To many countries, especially the US, any recorded loss without guaranteed or perspective monetary profit is viewed simply as a loss. However, an organization with a unilateral goal like the National Organization of Marriage, soon to be called the International Organization of Marriage, has and will have no opposing ideals with which to wrestle, at least within the group itself. The viability of such a frightened, ignorant conglomerate composed of mostly older White men is to be witnessed rather than believed as a definite point in time since gay rights in the United States is gaining support at an exponential rate, domestically speaking of course.
This DOES NOT mean that we can turn a blind eye to the exportation of hatred from our troubled country, if not for the sake of everyone here at home fighting for their unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness but for the chance for others like us in countries around the world to recognize the elements of hatred in their own societal contexts and act accordingly to change and eliminate unfair and inhuman laws. We must strive to expose the unadulterated truths of what these fascist individuals like Brian Brown, Michael Huckabee, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and the notorious and backwards Bill Donohue are actually saying: you are less than human and thus deserve to be treated like a commodity, to be thrown away for being imperfect or to be ironed out to fit the steel-framed mold which we’ve created for you. These old White men of whom are typically less educated, less connected with people of other racial groups, less aware of the diversity in which we as a species thrives the most, and less able to change or compromise their beliefs for the benefit of the whole are stuck in a worldview dated from a time in history when anyone with a darker skin tone in America was grouped together in a blanket category of “colored,” of subhuman or disabled. It wasn’t until these various groups of “colored” people fought for socio-political solidarity within their specific racial identities that cases like Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. The Board of Eduation, and Korematsu v. the United States of 1944 (which, in 1988, was overturned and helped influence the creation of the Civil Liberties Act) brought about real and effectual change which has influenced the way in which we make, enact, enforce, and edit laws and beliefs.
History gives us enough reason and precedent to act accordingly. We, members of our national Queer community, must push to not only exorcise bigotry from both our immediate communities and our governments, but we must also empower our people in countries where basic human rights are few and far between or nonexistent for certain minority groups, Queer peoples included. We must let them know that they are not alone whether by means of speaking up against the International Organization of Marriage and its members; donating to proven, non-profit charity organizations which foster positive physical and social improvements for despondent peoples; or promoting diversity and global consciousness in education by teaching foreign languages, contemporary histories of the world at large, and sociology pertaining to international relations at an early age. I know this sounds like a lot to expect, but all it requires is a refocusing of what we are already doing as a nation and as a body of people unified by our celebrated differences. All we need is a willingness to change for the benefit of everyone—not the group as a whole but as a grouping of groups of smaller communities of individual people with personalized needs.
Long-winded explication aside, keep up to date on this story as it develops. The worst thing that we can do is ignore this.