July 28th, 2010
Today the National Organization for Marriage got the largest turnout to date for their Tour of Mostly-Empty City Plazas. Yes the plaza in St. Paul, Minnesota, was still mostly empty, and counter-protesters outnumbered them, but the crowd was not as embarrassingly small as it has been at most stops.
From Trial Tracker
In the largest NOM turnout to date, I hand-counted 163 NOM supporters before I stopped to file this blog post.
Despite this, NOM supporters were still outnumbered by supporters of equality. A hand-count total of 217 equality supporters showed up to outnumber NOM supporters. The largest contingent of equality supporters stood behind the NOM rally before marching up the steps and inside the State House for a rally. 33 equality supporters have stayed behind, silently holding signs and rainbow flags.
In St. Paul the marriage supports did not chant or otherwise disrupt NOM’s message.
UPDATE: More in from Courage Campaign:
At the conclusion of the equality event, activists went back outside, lined the NOM rally in a semi-circle and turned their backs to the speakers in a silent counter-protest.
Outside, Brian Brown was giddy and despite his insistence otherwise, even his speakers are becoming more fringe.
“America is becoming a nation of bastards,” one NOM speaker stated from the podium to applause from the crowd. “You can dress a pig in a tuxedo, but it’s still a pig,” he continued.
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