The National Organization for Marriage’s anti-equality rally in Washington, DC was pretty much an abject failure, but NOM’s Brian Brown is pretending it was a huge success and that it will help sway the Supreme Court — oh, and that this must be how Martin Luther King felt like.
We were hoping for 5,000 people and we ended up with over 10,000. We filled the whole area in front of the court when we marched. It was a diverse coalition, we had African American leaders, Hispanic leaders, State Sen. Ruben Diaz brought 30 buses from the Bronx; it was just amazing. What I was most happy about, we talked about this before the rally, the way everyone conducted themselves. We were chanting, we were united but when folks tried to get in our way, there were some gay marriage protesters who tried to get in front of the march and stop us even though we had a permit, everyone just knelt down and started praying. I was not alive during the Civil Rights Movement but this is what it must have felt like, people were just so ecstatic to stand up and they did it in a loving, respectful way but they weren’t going to be silenced. I couldn’t be more happy with what happened today, I think it’s a huge step forward for the pro-marriage movement and I don’t think it’s going to be lost on the Supreme Court justices that we were there and we were there in force.
Yeah Brian, it was just like the civil rights movement. Except for that, you know, civil rights thing and the fact that you were there trying to deny equal rights instead of fighting for them. A KKK rally and a pro-civil rights rally are not the same thing just because they’re both gatherings of people.