USAToday Profiles Leaders in the Pro-Marriage Movement


Richard Wolf's lengthy profile in USAToday of leaders in the pro-marriage movement is well worth the read. He interviews both Brian Brown our president and Maggie Gallagher our co-founder:

"...At the tip of the spear is the National Organization for Marriage, led by Brian Brown, a father of seven who travels the nation speaking at rallies opposing gay marriage. He succeeded Maggie Gallagher, a renowned conservative writer and speaker who warns about "losing American civilization."

... Their battle will culminate Tuesday with a "March for Marriage" in the nation's capital, the same day the Supreme Court kicks off two days of oral arguments that could change the face of marriage in America. California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage will be addressed first in a case that could affect other states as well, followed by the federal Defense of Marriage Act's denial of government benefits to same-sex spouses.

...Brown notes, opponents helped to pass laws and voter initiatives against gay marriage in 38 states. Only nine states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage — including three states where voters approved it last fall.

"The people are definitely on our side," Brown says. "The fight is not over. We have not lost the Supreme Court."

Since the Family Research Council shooting, Brown's organization has hired an armed guard in its Washington office, and hecklers are a common problem. Brown, however, says he's not intimidated.

... Like Brown, [Gallagher] remains optimistic about banning gay marriage in the states and the courts. But even in defeat, she says, the opposition will grow stronger, much like the abortion opposition after the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling that legalized abortion.

"I don't believe in inevitability," Gallagher says. "We make the future happen, and we're in the process of making a decision."