Did NOM President Help Shape Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws?
The president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a group bent on outlawing same-sex marriage, is being criticized for allegedly taking a secret trip to Russia in June to talk to officials about anti-gay laws, Right Wing Watch reports.
NOM President Brain Brown said he met with lawmakers from the Russian Duma in Moscow this summer to work on laws that would ban LGBT foreigners from adopting Russian children, according to a report by RWW.
"On June 13, 2013, just days after the Russian Duma passed laws banning on gay ’propaganda’ and actions that ’offend religious feelings,’ a delegation of five French Catholic anti-gay activists --at least one with ties to the far-right Front National party -- traveled to Moscow at the invitation of the Duma committee on family, women and children to discuss, among other issues, Russia’s plans to tighten its ban on adoption by same-sex couples abroad," RWW writes.
"Joining them was one of the most well-known figures in the American anti-gay movement, National Organization For Marriage president Brian Brown. Brown had worked closely with the French anti-gay movement in its protests of the country’s marriage equality law, traveling to Paris to demonstrate against the law and signing onto an email to members of the Collectif Famille Mariage, one of the most prominent groups working to oppose marriage equality in France," the report reads.
The report goes on to say that NOM never informed the public about Brown’s trip -- but that hasn’t stopped the president from coming under fire by LGBT activists, like Fred Karger, President of Rights Equal Rights. Karger says Brown has violated the Logan Act, a federal statue that says it’s a crime for a U.S. citizen to work with foreign governments against the interest of the U.S. or without authorization, the Huffington Post writes.
Karger penned a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Attorney General of the United State Eric H. Holder Jr., which he also posted to Facebook, and said: