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Did NOM’s President Compare Gay Marriage To Falling In “Love” With Inanimate Objects?

January 17, 2012 3:48 pm ET by Carlos Maza

Last week, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) promoted a blog post about a 2008 documentary – “Strange Love: Married to the Eiffel Tower” – which tells the story of a group of people who claim to have fallen in love with inanimate objects. According to Jezebel:

If you thought that men in love with Real Dolls was strange, wait until you see Strange Love: Married to the Eiffel Tower, which follows these fetishists (all of them, for some reason, female). Interestingly, Objectum Sexuals - they call themselves OS people - believe their love with the objects are reciprocal and that they can telepathically communicate with them.

At the time, NOM’s blog entry was posted without comment. The entry itself was filed in NOM’s Culture category and made no reference to the issue of same-sex marriage.

In a January 15 tweet promoting the blog entry, however, Brian S. Brown, NOM’s president, wrote: “Documentary on people who ‘fall in love’ with inanimate objects ...and believe their love is reciprocated?” He also included the Twitter hashtag “#SSM” – NOM’s way of labeling tweets that relate to same-sex marriage – in his tweet:

[NOMtweets, accessed 1/17/12]

[Brian Brown tweet, 1/15/12]

It’s unclear if Brown’s tweet is meant to imply that the bond between same-sex couples is somehow comparable to a fetishist’s attraction to inanimate objects.

Considering that NOM has referred to homosexuality as deviant,” unhealthy, dangerous, and addictive behavior, that conclusion wouldn’t be much a stretch. At the very least, it’s obvious that Brown sees same-sex relationships as unworthy of equal marriage rights.


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