National Organization For Marriage president Brian Brown today, describing yesterday’s anti-gay hate rally in Washington D.C. said that — while he was not alive during the Civil Rights Movement — “this is what it must have felt like.”
And let that sink in for a moment.
Even Brown must recognize that if he’s going to make those analogies, he’s on the losing side. Brown and NOM aren’t trying to expand anyone’s rights or equality — they’re working to limit and remove rights. For Brown to say fighting to ban same-sex marriage is like “what the Civil Rights Movement must have felt like,” is ludicrous on its face.
Brown also wildly inflated the numbers in attendance. Trusted reports on average tell us there were 2,000 anti-gay NOM supporters at the rally/march, but Brown falsely claimed there were closer to 10,000 — undercutting his employee, Thomas Peters, who flat-out lied, putting the number at 15,000:
Amazing #marriagemarch. On a high right now. Thank you to everyone who came and made it possible. 15k participants. We have the last word!
— Thomas Peters (@AmericanPapist) March 26, 2013
He’s yet to recant.
Right Wing Watch has the audio, and posted this transcript:
“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.”
— Gary Alton Russell (@RussellReport) March 28, 2013
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