Yesterday, almost all news reports including those from reporters on the ground estimated the number of people at NOM’s anti-gay hate march at 2000. The march, organized by the National Organization For Marriage, was thoroughly panned across most of the media.
World Magazine reported, however, that NOM claimed the number of people at the march was 10,000, as The New Civil Rights Movement pointed out earlier today. And the Deseret News (initially) put the number at 5,000.
UPDATE: Friday evening after a lengthy email conversation with The New Civil Rights Movement and several posts from critics and activists on social media, Kellner and the Deseret News changed their reporting to read “several thousand people present.”
Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports the “crowd appeared to number between 1,000 and 2,000; there was no official estimate.”
Before the march began, NOM touted the sponsorship of the Washington Times. And in fact the Washington Times published a 16-page full-color supplement for NOM and for the event, and created a special section on their website.
The Washington Times also reported on how many people attended the march.
“Hundreds march in defense of traditional marriage,” the Washington Times’ headline reads.
Not “several thousands.” Not 5000. Not 10,000.
Frankly, not “hundreds” either — about 2000 at most seems fair, based on all the images and on-the-ground reports.
Because clearly if the nation’s top-funded and number one organization attacking the rights of the LGBT community and same-sex couples cannot even muster up 5,000 or 10,000 people to come to a rally in Washington, D.C. — even after providing free busses — then clearly America has grown tired of them. NOM’s rhetoric and tactics are so far removed from the mainstream that only 2,000 want to show up to support their cause? The rally will go down in history as evidence they lost the battle for marriage. America was conspicuously absent from NOM’s March for Marriage, relegating them to share the company of those who fought for segregation, those who fought against interracial marriage, those who fought against equality for women, for Blacks, for all people.
Image by NOM via Twitter
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