Brian S. Brown

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Brian Brown
Brown speaking at a rally in
Madison, Wisconsin
Born c. 1974
Whittier, California
Nationality American
Education Whittier College
University of Oxford
Occupation Activist
Organization National Organization for Marriage
Spouse(s) Susan Brown
Children Eight[1]

Brian S. Brown (born c. 1974[1]) is an American co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), and has served as its President since 2010, having previously served as Executive Director. The National Organization for Marriage 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."


In 2001, Brown became the executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut, a socially conservative organization.[2] On February 10, 2002 Brown presented a testimony in front of the Connecticut House Judiciary Committee on HB 5002 and HB 5001.[3]

Brown was NOM's executive director from its founding in 2007 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.[4] In October 2013, Brown announced that The National Organization for Marriage filed a lawsuit in federal court[5] against the Internal Revenue Service for releasing confidential tax documents; the lawsuit was settled for $50,000.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Brown was raised in Whittier, California. At age 25 he converted from Quakerism to Roman Catholicism.[2] He has a bachelor's degree from Whittier College, where he was student body president,[1] and a master's degree in modern history from Oxford University, and is a C.Phil. at UCLA.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Stolberg, Sheryl Gay (March 23, 2013). "Ready to Fight Gay Marriage at Court Door". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "'I Do'? I Don't! Gay Marriage's Worst Opponent". Newsweek. November 15, 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Brown, Brian S. (February 10, 2002). "Transcript of Brian Brown's Prepared Testimony on HB 5001 and 5002". Family Institute of Connecticut. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "featured-img AP National Organization For Marriage To Launch 'Dump Starbucks' Campaign". Fox News Channel. March 21, 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "National Organization for Marriage Sues IRS for Releasing Confidential Tax Documents to Human Rights Campaign". 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  6. ^ Wenger, Mackenzie (June 24, 2014). "IRS pays $50K to anti-gay marriage group". Politico. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Brian Brown, President". National Organization for Marriage. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 

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