Brian S. Brown

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Brian Brown
Brian Brown.jpg
Brian Brown at World Congress of Families XI., Budapest
Bornc. 1974
EducationWhittier College
University of Oxford
OrganizationNational Organization for Marriage
Spouse(s)Susan Brown

Brian S. Brown (born c. 1974[2]) is an American activist who is a co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), and has served as its president since 2010, having previously served as executive director. NOM is a non-profit political organization established in 2007 to work against legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States. NOM's mission is "protecting marriage and the faith communities that sustain it".

Brown is also president of the World Congress of Families.


In 2001, Brown became the executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut, a socially conservative organization.[3] On February 10, 2002 Brown presented a testimony in front of the Connecticut House Judiciary Committee on HB 5002 and HB 5001.[4]

Since its founding in 2007, Brown has been National Organization for Marriage's executive director and was additionally named president in 2010, succeeding Maggie Gallagher. NOM led the initiative to pass California's Proposition 8 in 2008.

In 2012, he announced that NOM would launch a global "Dump Starbucks" campaign in response to that company's support for same-sex marriage.[5] In October 2013, Brown announced that The National Organization for Marriage filed a lawsuit in federal court[6] against the Internal Revenue Service for releasing confidential tax documents; the lawsuit was settled for $50,000.[7]

In 2016, Brown announced the foundation of the International Organization for the Family (IOF), so that NOM could "focus on efforts in America".[8]

As of August 2018, Brown was the president of the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society, an anti-abortion advocacy group which is part of the World Congress of Families (WCF) network supporting far right groups in Europe and other continents.[9] He is on the Foundation Board of Trustees of CitizenGo, a Spanish anti-abortion advocacy group founded in 2013.[10]

In late 2019, NOM filed a brief related to the cases about LGBTQ rights—Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia; Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC; and Altitude Express v. Zarda—pending before the Supreme Court. On October 29, 2019, two Supreme Court justices, Brett Kavanaugh and Samuel Alito, posed for a photograph with Brown inside the Court. The reason for the meeting was unclear. The other two people who posed in the photo were Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis and Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Brown was raised in Whittier, California. At age 25 he converted from Quakerism to Roman Catholicism.[3] He has a bachelor's degree from Whittier College, where he was student body president,[2] and a master's degree in modern history from Oxford University, and is a C.Phil. at UCLA.[12] The C.Phil. is an interim status for students who intend to complete their PhD within a given time period.[13] Candidacy can be revoked if that time period is exceeded,[14] at UCLA that time can range between 2–5 years.[15][16]


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  2. ^ a b Stolberg, Sheryl Gay (March 23, 2013). "Ready to Fight Gay Marriage at Court Door". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b "'I Do'? I Don't! Gay Marriage's Worst Opponent". Newsweek. November 15, 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  4. ^ Brown, Brian S. (February 10, 2002). "Transcript of Brian Brown's Prepared Testimony on HB 5001 and 5002". Family Institute of Connecticut. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  5. ^ "featured-img AP National Organization For Marriage To Launch 'Dump Starbucks' Campaign". Fox News Channel. March 21, 2012. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  6. ^ "National Organization for Marriage Sues IRS for Releasing Confidential Tax Documents to Human Rights Campaign". 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  7. ^ Wenger, Mackenzie (June 24, 2014). "IRS pays $50K to anti-gay marriage group". Politico. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  8. ^ Brown, Brian (December 10, 2016). "NOMblog: Introducing the International Organization for the Family (IOF)". NOMblog.
  9. ^ Provost, Claire (27 March 2019). "Revealed: Trump-linked US Christian 'fundamentalists' pour millions of 'dark money' into Europe, boosting the far right". openDemocracy.
  10. ^ Miranda Blue (2 Feb 2015). "NOM Praises Roy Moore For Standing Against 'Judicial Tyranny' On Marriage". Right Wing Watch. People for the American Way.
  11. ^ Maurice, Emma Powys (2019-11-04). "Supreme Court justices met with leader of homophobic hate group ahead of judgements on landmark LGBT rights cases". PinkNews. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  12. ^ "Brian Brown, President". National Organization for Marriage. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  13. ^ "GRADUATE REGULATIONS". UCLA ACADEMIC SENATE MANUAL. Archived from the original on 29 July 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Lapsing, Reinstatement, and Termination of Candidacy". Berkeley Graduate Division. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  15. ^ "PhD Program Introduction". UCLA Department of Art History. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Time to Degree". UCLA Department of Mathematics. Retrieved 18 June 2017.

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