NOM Marched today

Timothy Kincaid

March 26th, 2013

The National Organization for Marriage has been declaring that they were going to turn out busloads of people to march on the Supreme Court to protect traditional marriage (in the fine old tradition of keeping rights limited to the people who they think are better than you). And they have posted pictures on their NOMblog showing their glorious march.

For Example: (NOMblog)

But NOM’s pics tend to be close up and don’t give much of a sense of size. That’s not to say there aren’t any large group pics in their photostream, but those tend to be problematic; they have rainbow flags and “Equality Now” signs in them.

Fortunately, a BTB reader had a birds eye view of NOM’s march and has offered to share some pictures that give some perspective to their “busloads”. Here they start marching past:

There they go, banners unfurled.

And the middle of the pack.

And finally, the last of the saints go straggling by.

And after months of preparation and “busloads” of support, that was their march, pretty much in total.

No, it’s not exactly pathetic; thirty or forty people would be pathetic. At what looks to me to be a few thousand people, this was … well, let’s just say Brian Brown probably found it to be a bit of a disappointing turnout.

But I fully expect NOM to claim “hundreds of thousands”.


March 26th, 2013

Even the official pic does not look impressive.


March 26th, 2013

I was at the Supreme Court, and was struck by how short the NOM march was when they went by. They stopped for a while, and apparently things were a bit tense in front of the Court, but the entire march barely seemed to fill the blok in front of the Court building.


March 26th, 2013

Thomas Peters tweeted out 15K….It looks like half that at least.

Regan DuCasse

March 26th, 2013

They can march holes in their shoes for all anyone cares. Their defense of discrimination still boils down to defense of gender stereotypes and assumptions about the role of gender in individual lives. Which the gov’t cannot enforce anyway.
NOM and their cohorts might as well assert “traditional” as a euphemism for the archaic way that Brian Brown lives his life.
Woman=breeding potential and non professional mother/wife.

No man or woman is so uniform in nature or individuality. Which goes to show that people who support NOM don’t know shit about men and women as individuals. And refuse to see that precisely because of such assumptions and prejudices and forcing people into narrow definitions of who they are according to gender, men and women AREN’T compatible and there is much failure in the world in their relationship to each other.


March 26th, 2013

I was demonstrating with the Marriage Equality group on the Supreme Court Plaza. When I have to return to my office,
I drove past the NOM “rally”, and was shocked how small it was. The archbishop in Philadelphia was the first to call for a hate march today, and promised to get buses for anyone who wanted to go to Washington. Well, he could not find any donors, and Philly only sent 5 buses, in which each rider had to fork over $10.00 !
The drunken bishop from San Francisco who was arrested for drunk driving last summer led the “rally” in a prayer, I heard on the radio. I was sorry to see so many Latino families with all their kids, bused in from New York City.
On the other hand, there was good African-American support in the marchers with the pro-gay crowd.


March 27th, 2013

I was there as well, and was surprised at the small turnout. They made the most of what they had, though. When they marched down First Street, in front of the Supreme Court, the march was a fairly narrow line of people, but you can’t tell that because they blend in with all the marriage equality supporters on both sides of the street. (And, they were quite loud, with drums thumping, increasing the illusion.) I was guessing maybe 2500 based on just an eyeball count, but who knows. It wasn’t anything like the 10K Brian Brown claims.

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