Brian S. Brown
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Brian S. Brown is an American activist and the president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a non-profit advocacy organization that works to prevent or overturn the legal recognition of same-sex marriage in the United States.
In 2001, Brown became the executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut, a socially conservative organization. He was NOM's executive director from its founding in 2007 and was additionally named president in 2010, succeeding Maggie Gallagher. He argues that legalized same-sex marriage may lead to pedophilia.
 Personal life and beliefs
Brown was raised in Whittier, California. As a teenager he became interested in conservative writings, natural law, and issues of religious liberty. At age 25 he converted from Quakerism to Roman Catholicism. He has a bachelor's degree from Whittier College, a master's degree in modern history from Oxford University, and is a C.Phil. at UCLA.
According to Brown's wife, when they were living in Connecticut, there were two lesbian couples on their street. A neighbor held a neighborhood party, but Brown was not invited; his wife was invited to attend if she did not share her husband's views on same-sex marriage. Brown says he has friends and family who are gay, but says "we can disagree on all sorts of things and still care about each other."
He married his wife Susan in 1999. They have eight children whom they homeschool. In 2008, the family moved to California so he could work for the passage of Proposition 8, a voter referendum prohibiting same-sex marriage there. The family now resides in Great Falls, Virginia.
- "'I Do'? I Don't! Gay Marriage's Worst Opponent". Newsweek. November 15, 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- Stolberg, Sheryl Gay (23 March 2013). "Brian Brown Leads Fight Against Gay Marriage". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
- Brown, Brian S. (August 18, 2011). "NOM's Marriage Pledge & Bus Tour Make Waves". National Organization for Marriage. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
- "Brian Brown, President". National Organization for Marriage. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- Monica Hess, "Opposing Gay Unions With Sanity & a Smile, Washington Post, accessed March 21, 2011