In a round table discussion on MSNBC recently, Aisha Moodie-Mills of the Center For American Progress compares the bigotry of Brian Brown of the conservative group National Organization For Marriage to the same arguments people used to use when Jim Crow laws were first overturned.
In the video of the discussion, you hear Mills telling Brown, “I’m reminded of all the arguments that were made to support Jim Crow laws and to support slavery, right? …And it’s absolutely the same kind of bigotry. Very simply what we are talking about here is a group of people who think that because a group of folks are different, they should be treated differently under the law, and what we know in America is that, that should never be.”
Earlier in the debate, Brown complained that “elites” were forcing people to vote in polls in support of marriage equality, saying, “Why would the polling not move in the direction of redefining marriage when you have almost all of “the elites” trying to bludgeon and put down people who agree with this new orthodoxy?”
Effectively, Brown is saying his party is being persecuted into supporting gay marriage. Or it could just be that Hoosiers don’t see it as any of their business. Or, simply stated, Hoosiers see liberty as the birthright of every American.
Unfortunately for Brown, there’s evidence that Hoosiers don’t support the ban and are in fact supportive of marriage quality. In a new poll, 58% of those asked oppose a ban on gay marriage.
Even 40% of those polled were Republicans.