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How Many People Showed Up For NOM’s ‘March For Marriage’ Hate Rally? Guess Who Didn’t.

by David Badash on June 19, 2014

in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,Marriage,News,Politics

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Despite months of emails, despite promises of huge attendance, and despite free busses to protectors of the faith from New York City, NOM’s anti-gay hate march today was able to get at most about 2000 supporters of “traditional marriage” to “March for Marriage.”

UPDATE: Here’s What ‘10,000 People’  At NOM’s Anti-Gay Hate March Really Looks Like

2000 people attended a rally in Washington, D.C. that the National Organization For Marriage, the nation’s number one anti-gay marriage organization — funded by major religious institutions — has been promoting daily for months.

2000 people.

2000 people attended a rally in Washington, D.C. that headlined the Archbishop of San Francisco, Tea Party Republican heroes Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, and Congressman Tim Huelskamp, along with a plethora of anti-gay religious leaders, like Bishop Harry Jackson.

But perhaps that’s because Americans who are opposed to same-sex marriage don’t really care much about it anyway.


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Notably absent were the co-founders of NOM, Maggie Gallagher and Robert P. George. Apparently they couldn’t bother to show. Maggie Gallagher’s contributions today spanned all of two blog posts:

One, a video and transcript of the Archbishop of SanFrancisco’s speech today.

And two:

This year’s March featured the runners-up for the GOP nominations in 2008 and 2012, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. Santorum on the March.  

That’s literally “all she wrote.”

LOOK: NOM’s Hate March Media Sponsor Founded By Man Who Married Complete Strangers In Mass Weddings

Image, top, by Capital T Capital J via Twitter

This post has been updated to remove the statement John Eastman was not in attendance. He was. We regret the error.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Pompey50 June 19, 2014 at 7:56 pm

I think 2000 is a generous estimate! The tide of history and the moral imperative is against these misguided, misogynistic morons and more and more people are realising this!

BJLincoln June 19, 2014 at 8:16 pm

I wonder how many are crew taking a break after setting up? More people show up for high school ball game!

gueststop June 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm

This was a stunt by The Daily Show, right? I mean, this pathetic event wasn't really supposed to be serious, was it?

damienscot June 19, 2014 at 8:51 pm

I want to thank the organizers of this event for the powerful visual proof of their irrelevance! Nothing shows the rapid shift of public opinion on marriage equality so well as these photographs of the no-show-crowd.

Meri70 June 21, 2014 at 5:12 am

but the reports they will give will say they had millions of people marching. we all know how they work. and there was something else i read, that most of those people in attendance were told they were going to get a free tour of D.C., and not told about the march. that is why they had so many people. more LIES.

weshlovrcm June 19, 2014 at 9:13 pm

It would seem that militant anti-gay activist Gallagher has given up on this way to make $$$ and instead will begin pushing the discrimination as a "sincerely held religious belief" angle. We shall see. In the meantime, this 'March For Banning Same-Sex Marriage' provided more evidence of the animus-driven, immoral, anti-gay agenda of Homophobia, Inc. They are too blinded by hatred and money lust to see that they are creating the very thing they claim to be against.

Robroberts2013 June 19, 2014 at 9:31 pm

The article is incorrect, NOMs John Eastman was there, and he gave a speech.

tedward55 June 19, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Was Tony Perkins?

Robroberts2013 June 19, 2014 at 10:12 pm

After someone tried to kill Tony Perkins, I think he knows better than to go out in public too much. And he's probably wise not to. You don't try to harm the lives of millions and millions of people before you mess with someone who is unstable, crazy and likely to kill you. Tony Perkins is messing with fire and he knows it.

Meri70 June 21, 2014 at 5:15 am

when did this happen, I havent heard about any one trying to kill him. maybe that is what he is saying to make others look more evil.

Robroberts2013 June 21, 2014 at 7:37 am

just google Floyd Corkins FRC shooting

tedward55 June 19, 2014 at 10:04 pm

"gay sex leads to adult diapers" That man's fingernails look like he's been changing diapers. And where are the other 19% of children?

Bose_in_SP_MN June 19, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Yup, when you account for the basic facts:
* FRC headquarters in DC would have poured several dozen staff into the mix
* The sponsoring orgs would have made sure to put boots on the ground
* Many of the speakers would have had friends/family there for the big day
* Event staffers and security were in the dozens
* Plenty of pro-equality folks were on hand as journalists and counter-protesters
* The NYC Diaz buses may have brought a third of the crowd

the number of actual grassroots, careers-not-based-on-the-anti-gay, civilians attracted to this thing easily drops into triple digits.

Meri70 June 21, 2014 at 5:18 am

and the ones on the NYC bus were told it was a free trip and tour of D.C.

russellsvocation June 20, 2014 at 12:08 am

NOM should take some notes from Pride organizers, the typical price parade (in San Diego at least) draws 100 times more people than the 2,000 people they got. And San Diego loves Pride for all the money it brings to the city… how much $$$ did the NOM supporters drop into the D. C. economy?

BigGayBruce June 20, 2014 at 7:16 am

The Washington Times (a major supporter and promoter of this March) headlines their article "Hundreds march in defense of traditional marriage." Looks like an epic fail to me after their predictions of tens of thousands. When will NOM start firing their employees?

kalanac June 21, 2014 at 7:10 am

You know, the signs that say "Every child deserves a Mom and a Dad" irk me the most. Firstly, it's a huge poke in the eye to all the single parents. I am a single parent myself after my ex left because she couldn't cope with motherhood (though I am lucky enough to be currently dating a great guy who treats him like his own).

Secondly, if there point is that kids deserve parents, why are they not protesting parents who give up their children for adoption? Don't get me wrong, that'd annoy me too. Some folks just aren't in the right place to raise a child and for some adoption is the best thing for all involved.

Thirdly, surely this is just blatant sexism? Why do you need a male and female parent? Does this imply that men are incapable of things women can do and vice versa? Are people really still hung up on gender stereotypes? What about extended families? I'm currently in a relationship with a man, but my child see's his mum regularly, he also see's a lot of my friends and my own parents. Role models, male and female, abound! I'm a believer in the saying "It takes a community to raise a child".

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