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NOM Fails in Trenton

Timothy Kincaid

July 20th, 2010

I was joking when I showed the picture of the empty square in Trenton, New Jersey. But, as it turns out, not by much. Here’s the real turnout:

Brian Brown’s latest letter to his supporters ended with “Our movement is growing. We’re in Trenton today, where we’re looking forward to an even bigger crowd.” Perhaps he was overly optimistic. I count 63 folks in this rally (and that includes the camera crew and a few people who I think were just walking by) but there were also a half dozen Knights of Columbus behind the speakers. What do you bet Brian Brown claims “over 200″?

(Don’t you just love the sign that says “Equality is 1 man + 1 woman”. I see it as a cultural shift when they start acknowledging that equality is a concept worth adopting and then desperately try to come up with a way to claim the concept.)

In contrast, 158 marriage supporters showed up for a Townhall at the New Jersey State House. They presented real couples who are impacted by their inability to be legally married in the state.

Counter protesters did not directly confront NOM’s Big Bus of Animus tour. (Courage Campaign)

Under direction from Garden State Equality, marriage supporters walked past the NOM rally into an annex building, passing by the small NOM rally attended by 48 people (that’s a hand-count and it’s probably 28 if you subtract NOM staff).

About 5 Garden State Equality volunteers stood 50 feet from the rally in an effort to defuse any potential confrontations between equality supporters and NOM supporters. As of 12:35 pm EST we have seen no major confrontations or incidents.

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TJMcFisty
July 20th, 2010 | LINK

What do you bet Brian Brown claims “over 200″?

I’ve been spending too much time on Birfer/anti-Birfer sites these days so to me, <40 = 200 is way low. He needs some actual birfer logic to spin 10 or less (like 0) into several million.

Happy to see a non-aggressive side to the counter protest today, but I'm supportive of the occasional in-your-face style like in Providence. These are our lives we're defending– I think we can act like it from time to time.

Keep NOM on their toes and feeling anxious.

homer
July 20th, 2010 | LINK

And the small crowd looks BORED out of their minds. They need some go-go boys or drag kings/queens to create some excitement.

Richard Rush
July 20th, 2010 | LINK

Considering that the rally was at the NJ state capitol building near the center of town from 12 PM to 1 PM, they should have been able to attract more people than that who were just gawking while outside on a nice day during their lunch hour. That rally must have been really boring.

Paul in Canada
July 20th, 2010 | LINK

“Equality is 1 man + 1 women”… huh??? Not in the RCC or evangelical faith…. this is too funny!!!!

Richard Rush
July 20th, 2010 | LINK

“Equality is 1 man + 1 woman” = Magic Truth

JustinW
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

These crazies are coming to Madison next Tuesday on July 27. If you are in the area, please come and counter protest this hateful group!

Cherie Stokes
July 24th, 2010 | LINK

The photo above was taken when the event was just starting. However, more people gathered to listen as the rally progressed.

The crowd received the speeches with smiles, cheers and applause in spite of the July noon heat. The friendly, helpful NOM staff offered bottles of cold water.

Toward the middle of the rally, I lost count after 70 persons. This included a group of about 15 teenage students wearing “Don’t Mess With Marriage” t-shirts.

Unfortunately, I can’t provide an estimate on how many others eventually showed up. I had to leave to catch a train before it ended.

Timothy Kincaid
July 24th, 2010 | LINK

Cherie,

I appreciate the first hand info. I think your count of 70 is probably about right. It’s not very likely that many people showed up for the tail end of the rather short rally.

It’s sad that Brian Brown lied and said that there were 120. Is his honesty so cheap that he’d throw it away in exchange for reporting 50 extra people?

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