NOM embarrassed (yet again): Equality supporters triple NOM turnout in Indianapolis

July 26, 2010 at 10:33 am 149 comments

(Courage staffers Arisha Michelle Hatch, Anthony Ash and Phyllis Lozano are on the ground in Indianapolis, Indiana, covering the next stop on the NOM tour. We’ll be adding updates to this post, including pictures and video, throughout the day so keep refreshing to stay up to date. Also, we have some content from the Ohio events in Columbus and Lima over the weekend that we’ll be adding to NOMTourTracker.com later today. Stay tuned… — Eden)

By Arisha Michelle Hatch

The National Organization for Marriage’s “One Man, One Woman” bus tour pulled into Indianapolis on Monday just after thousands and thousands of NASCAR fans finished partying their way through “Race Week,” which culminated with the Indy 500 Brickyard 400 (h/t Steven Johnson in the comments) on Sunday.

Just one more example of NOM’s bad timing.

It’s 10 minutes before the rally is supposed to kickoff and all of the usual suspects are here (minus Brian Brown): Louis the blogger, Chris the substitute spin-artist, and the young videographer who’s been at each stop, but who won’t talk to me (more on all of that later).

It’s unclear at the moment whether there are equality counter-protestors assembled on the other side of the State House. We’ve heard from sources on the ground that equality supporters may have had some permitting issues, but we’re still waiting to confirm.

Equality star sighting of the day: Bil Browning, Indiana resident and Bilerico Project founder, is here getting footage from the rally as well.

UPDATE BY ARISHA: The rally just started.

I have hand-counted 29 39 (updated count by the end of the rally) non-NOM staffers attending the rally — about the same number that have attended every other event on this tour. Yet another #NOMturnoutFAIL.

Wow. Just a moment ago, about 95 183 (also an updated count by the time the rally ended) marriage equality supporters marched in to the event to counter-protest NOM on a sidewalk across from the event. Impressive.

Once again, NOM has been embarrassed on this tour, drawing significantly fewer supporters to their event than local marriage equality groups and organizations have assembled in response (and often on short notice).

UPDATE BY EDEN: Here are some photos of the Indianapolis event, just sent by Phyllis:

The crowd:

NOM at statehouse in Indianapolis

Maggie Gallagher speaking:

NOMTourTracker.com: Maggie Gallagher in Indianapolis (July 26, 2010)

Here are a few shots from behind the podium. In these two pics, NOM supporters are behind the rally speaker; the marriage equality counter-protest is on the sidewalk behind the statues):

Looking out at the scene in Indianapolis

Looking out at the crowd in Indianpolis

Some of the counter-protest signs and people:

Equality counter-protestors in Indianapolis

Another equality supporter in Indianapolis:

Another equality supporter in Indianapolis

UPDATE BY EDEN: More to come, including an event in later in South Bend that you won’t want to miss. Stay tuned.

UPDATE BY EDEN: Another equality star sighting!

Ellen and Robert Frist, parents of Drew Frist and parents-in-law of Tom Dolby, married in Connecticut in April 2009 attended the rally today as well.

Drew and Tom have been instrumental in funding the Courage Campaign Institute’s “Testimony: Equality on Trial” and our “Camp Courage” training events for marriage equality activists, specifically stepping up to counter NOM’s “Gathering Storm” ad with a Camp Courage matching grant (link includes L.A. Times coverage).

Ellen and Robert Frist live in Indianapolis and just emailed: “We were well-represented. At least 3 times more of our group.”

We’ve got some new crowd count estimates coming in, it appears. After we get it sorted out, we’ll update the thread.

BREAKING– UPDATE BY EDEN: We just learned from a source on the ground that NOM will be breaking from their planned route to the next stop in Madison to cover a major event in South Bend, Indiana- due three hours north of Indianapolis. The South Bend Common Council will be voting for the fourth time on an amendment to the city’s human rights ordinance that protects residents on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity with respect to employment.

This will be our pro-equality side’s fourth attempt at winning the vote. In 2006, we lost by a 5-4 vote. The hearing for the most recent vote went until midnight and we again lost by one vote. This time, we’re told our side has taken its time to ensure we win it, and that all our supporters show up.

Because we’re not the kind of organizers to let NOM go unchallenged, Courage Campaign’s trackers are responding in kind by breaking off the trail to head to South Bend as well. Arisha, Anthony, and Phyllis are headed straight there as you read. If you are in South Bend, or nearby, please consider heading to the fourth floor of the County Council building to show your support and show NOM that we are going! The vote is at 7 pm, and it’s at the corner of Lafayette and Jefferson:

Indiana Family Institute is asking its supporters to gather at 3 PM local time in advance of the vote at 7 PM. We’ll have more details on our side’s plans to counter them as we confer with local organizers. Keep an eye on NOMTourTracker.com for more as it comes.

UPDATE BY EDEN: Arisha just sent in an updated report, with an updated crowd count, quotes from participants, etc. Check it out:

As NOM packed up its tour bus to make their way towards Madison, they must have been feeling pretty good about today’s rally in Indianapolis.

After all, they had their second biggest crowd to date, with approximately 39 attending their rally on the East Steps of the Indianapolis State House, although equality activists heavily outnumbered the NOM’ers.

I personally counted 183 equality activists (my count in today’s earlier post was preliminary and is now updated), but we’ve received reports stating that the counter-protest rose to as many as 250 supporters before the end of the rally.

“I was so nervous [about today],” said Keegan McGraw, a marriage equality supporter. “I didn’t want Indiana [equality activists] to not turn out. I didn’t want Indiana to be the failure of the tour.”

Equality organizations, including the National Organization for Women (NOW), the Indiana Stonewall Democrats, PFLAG and Jobs with Justice urged their members to attend the counter-protest.

Although there was a visible police presence, they were probably the least-partisan force that we’ve encountered on the road trip. On several occasions, I observed NOM supporters attempting to complain about the presence of the counter-protesters only to have police tell them that there was “nothing [they] could do about it.”

Both Maggie Gallagher and Chris Plant spoke later introducing local speakers.

“Many were in town to see the race [this week],” stated Mich, a speaker for NOM, attempting to draw an analogy between the Brickyard 400 and those who favor traditional marriage. The race, “it’s not just people driving around in a circle [ . . . what makes that race work is that] it [has] a great system of guidelines and regulations.”

Because of the friendly police presence, there were a number of interesting interactions between equality activists, NOM staffers and supporters that we’ll post in a bit.

The NOM staffers continue to attempt to impede us as we try to interview their supporters, but we’ve got that on-camera too.

What are you afraid of, NOM?

UPDATE BY EDEN: Bil Browning from the Bilerico Project just posted a Flickr stream of pics from the event. Check them out and let us know which ones you think are the best! We’ll add some of your nominated pics to the front page.

Here’s one that Bil took from behind the counter-protest:

NOMTourTracker.com: view of counter-protest of NOM's Indianapolis rally (Credit: Bil Browning)

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE BY EDEN: Brian Brown is back!

At least that’s what Louis Marinelli, NOM’s blogger, just said in an off-handed aside to a post that just went up:

… We’ll be meeting up with Brian Brown and his family, which are returning to the tour with us in Madison.

The Brown family had some business to tend to out west and so they stepped off the tour for a few stops but Madison will be great because we will have both Brian and Maggie as speakers. It should be a great rally as have been all the rallies that we have held so far. We’ve signed up hundreds of people from around the country who want to be active in the struggle against the redefinition of marriage.

Louis, as you all know, reads NOMTourTracker.com, er, religiously. So let him know what you think in the comments.

Meanwhile, that post by Louis also claims that NOM is NOT diverting its tour to South Bend. We’re guessing that they don’t want anyone to know about their association with some of the South Bend crazies that are bound to show up (based on what has happened in the past). Check out our new South Bend thread for more info as it develops.

UPDATE BY EDEN: As noted above, Bil Browning, founder of the Bilerico Project, was also in Indianapolis today. He posted his report on Bilerico and gave us permission to cross-post it on NOMTourTracker.com.

Check out the sickening sign that NOM supporter Larry Adams created with two nooses as “the solution to gay marriage.” Also, watch the interview that Courage’s Arisha Michelle Hatch did with Adams, and the “handling” that Adams got from a NOM staffer in the middle of the interview.

To discuss it with the NTT community, join the new thread that just went up on the NOM Tour Tracker.

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Yet another #NOMturnoutFAIL today: Is NOM imploding right before our eyes (and cameras)? BREAKING: NOM diverts tour, heads to South Bend for City Council meeting tonight… NOMTourTracker.com to follow

149 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alan E.  |  July 26, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Rounding up comments for my email.

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  • 2. Ronnie  |  July 26, 2010 at 10:40 am

    sweet…poor poor NOMrades….so sad…. : )

    <3…Ronnie

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  • 3. Rhonda  |  July 26, 2010 at 10:41 am

    love that last pic of a str8 ally

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    • 4. Rebecca  |  July 26, 2010 at 10:45 am

      I agree. Our straight allies are some of our strongest supporters. They can make a very big impression on someone who is straight and anti-equality.

      Thank you to you all!

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    • 5. Owen  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:10 pm

      I bet the NOMzis will find a way to spin it.

      They’ll caption that picture: “See this? Yet another good, moral, Christian citizen of this country supporting the idea of equality and civil rights. We must preserve the rights and equality of the American people who have voted and spoken on this issue.”

      Ugh, I almost hesitate to post this and give them ideas.

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  • 6. Eddie  |  July 26, 2010 at 10:43 am

    “Teabagging our way to equality!”

    LOL

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  • 7. Sagesse  |  July 26, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Looks like a lovely day. Subscribing.

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  • 8. Ed  |  July 26, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Sadly, due to money constraints, my partner and I were unable to go :((

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  • 9. Rebecca  |  July 26, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Also thanks to all the equality supporters there! I’m in Chicago, and though I wanted to join in protesting the Indianapolis and Milwaukee rallys, I can’t get off work!

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  • 10. fiona64  |  July 26, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Hi, Louis! (C’mon — we know you’re reading.)

    I see you still haven’t addressed the numerous blatant lies in your blog — including the one about how no one has been banned from it. Why is it that I am still unable to post there, using my LiveJournal ID, as I was before you banned me?

    Love,
    Fiona

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  • 11. BradK  |  July 26, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I have hand-counted 29 non-NOM staffers attending the rally — about the same number that have attended every other event on this tour….

    Are we sure it isn’t the same 29 tools at every stop?

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    • 12. fiona64  |  July 26, 2010 at 10:55 am

      That number does seem to crop up pretty regularly, doesn’t it?

      Love,
      Fiona

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  • 13. fiona64  |  July 26, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I went to school in Indiana and, sadly, have never met so many backwards people. :-( Blue laws are still in place and (at least this was the case when I was living there), the Indianapolis Times-Star prints the the Bible verse of the day on the front page along with the news.

    I am glad to see that the NOMers were outnumbered — and also very surprised.

    I am sure that there are some forward-thinking Hoosiers, but I don’t think I met any while I was there.

    Love,
    Fiona

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    • 14. Joshua  |  July 26, 2010 at 11:13 am

      There are quite a few of us here… we’ve just been hiding for some time. This years Pride was excellent here.. 10s of thousands showed up. I’ve never seen Indy have a Pride like that.

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      • 15. fiona64  |  July 26, 2010 at 11:18 am

        I am so glad to hear that. I was so miserable in Indiana as a *straight woman,* I can only imagine what it’s like to be GLBT there. When the best cultural recommendation that I received was to go to the Apache Club (a strip bar in Lawrence Township — like I couldn’t see the same thing by taking my top off in front of the mirror, as I told the guy who suggested the outing), or to go to Chicago … well, I knew I was sunk, LOL.

        People asked me after I got home whether there weren’t some positive things I could name about my time in Indiana. I responded that I liked three things very much: Conner Prairie Living History Village, the Indianapolis Zoo, and seeing Indiana go away under the airplane.

        Glad to hear that things are changing.

        Love,
        Fiona

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      • 16. Joshua  |  July 26, 2010 at 11:26 am

        Fiona,

        I understand being miserable here. I grew up here then moved to Tampa for a few years then came back to Indiana to go to grad school. As soon as I’m finished with school I’m getting the heck out. There isn’t a whole lot to do here. You pretty much named it all! LOL

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  • 17. Steven Johnson  |  July 26, 2010 at 10:56 am

    For the record, the Brickyard 400 was the day before the Indy rally. (Not the Indy 500 – that happens in May.) Thank you – Thank You – THANK YOU for your reporting!

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    • 18. Eden James  |  July 26, 2010 at 11:09 am

      Thank you Steven!

      We just corrected it and gave you a h/t. Refresh to check it out.

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  • 19. Keegan  |  July 26, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I was there!!! It was so great to see all the support. Just got back to work and still so pumped up! Great Day! Thank you everyone!!!

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    • 20. Joshua  |  July 26, 2010 at 11:06 am

      Thank you for going!

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    • 21. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  July 26, 2010 at 11:13 am

      Thank YOU for your protesting/demonstrating!!!!

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    • 22. Straight Grandmother  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm

      MERCI Keegan!!!!!!!

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      • 23. Keegan  |  July 26, 2010 at 6:40 pm

        OMG I GOT QUOTED!!! Woooooo hahaha so glad :) Thanks Arisha!!!

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      • 24. ArishaMichelle  |  July 27, 2010 at 7:02 am

        haha…you’re welcome keegan ;)

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  • 25. Joshua  |  July 26, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Thank you to everyone that went to the counter protest today! It was so frustrating sitting here at work and not being able to get out, especially since I work on the canal! I’m glad to see that we had a great turnout.

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  • 26. Sagesse  |  July 26, 2010 at 11:04 am

    NetRoots session on campaign strategy: Lessons from Maine

    Lessons in Marriage Equality Campaigns

    http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2010/07/22/Lessons_in_Marriage_Equality_Campaigns/

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  • 27. Roger  |  July 26, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I just realized why they have adopted the same words as gay rights supporters on town hall steps, I think they want to confuse the politicians by trying to look like us and make the politicians think that we’re also among their numbers.

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  • 28. Bolt  |  July 26, 2010 at 11:20 am

    The NOM Klan is pretentious. They use loud speakers, which they don’t need, and a podium to separate the bigot Maggie from the bigot followers.

    They’re so done for. V. Walker’s ruling is where the real power exists, not in the tiny minds of the bigot NOM Klan.

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  • 29. MikePlainfield  |  July 26, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Keep up the good work! I read this blog everyday! Wish I could have been at one of the counter protests.

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  • 30. Richard W. Fitch  |  July 26, 2010 at 11:30 am

    It was a GRREATT Rally for Marriage Equality!! My rough estimate is that ME supporters outnumbered the gNOMes at least 2 to 1!! I was so happy to be there — with a little help from friends – and had the opportunity to meet Arisha. Kudos to all of you who are a part of the Tracker crew.

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    • 31. Straight Grandmother  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm

      MERCI Richard!!! I knew Indiana would make us proud.

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    • 32. Biff  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:12 pm

      happy to meet you! and i was happy to be able to be there with you!

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      • 33. Straight Grandmother  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm

        Thank you for representing Biff!!!!

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    • 34. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm

      Excxellent!!!
      Great that you were able to be there! Thank you!!!!!

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    • 35. Love you Indy  |  July 26, 2010 at 2:01 pm

      Awesome, Richard.

      To every single ME supporter who went to the Indy rally: The whole world thanks you for doing that. It showed to the whole world that in a major American city — and one with a significant culture of conservatism (Indy Star, legislature deciding that pi is equal to 4, etc.) — more people are motivated and concerned about supporting ME than opposing it.

      What’s extra-delicious about all this is that NOM set up the whole scenario here. That wanted to “bring their message” to America and its communities, and they are getting a really strong response back from America and its communities that says: “We disagree with your message.”

      NOM must particularly loathe the heterosexual ME supporters — who actually are legion.

      It’ll be interesting to see if Maggie Gallagher gets involved in any way in the vote in South Bend. She has said that she opposes discrimination.

      I say to NOM: Bring back Carrie Prejean as a spokesperson! Happily married heterosexual men love seeing a speech by a breast-enhanced, teeth-capped, hair-dyed bikini model who isn’t their wife!

      My theory is that if you are a prejudicial religious bonehead (and your m.o. is to keep an oppressed minority oppressed), your thinking and judgment are likely to be questionable across the board, and you are apt to make some really bad decisions (e.g., bringing in Carrie Prejean, the whole bus tour idea).

      It’ll be interesting to see what their next major strategic decision will be!

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      • 36. Love you Indy  |  July 26, 2010 at 2:11 pm

        Typo, sorry:

        “That wanted…” should have been “They wanted…”

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    • 37. couragecampaign  |  July 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks for being there in so many ways. I grew up in East Tennessee. I live in LA now. I know how much harder it is to stand tall in Indiana or Tennessee than it is in LA.

      You all are the power.

      Rick Jacobs.

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    • 38. Billy  |  July 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm

      Great to meet ya :D

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  • 39. Ed  |  July 26, 2010 at 11:30 am

    what event in south bend are they alluding to? I’m dying to know

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  • 40. ĶĭŗîļĺęΧҲΪ  |  July 26, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Subscribing.

    Dear Mary Nelly!
    Enough masturP8TTing* in our midst!

    K&F

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    * Word coined by Ғĕłỹҳ

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  • 41. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 26, 2010 at 11:35 am

    If I didn’t know any better, I would swear that the woman in the last picture was one of my friends from high school!

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    • 42. Tony Douglass in CA  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:09 pm

      Can we see you in any of these pics??

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    • 44. Birdie  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:31 pm

      Did you go to Sarasota High? That’s me up there. Thank you all for the very kind comments. It was a privilege to be there.

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      • 45. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:33 pm

        I went to St. Albans High School in St. Albans, West Virginia. And several of my female classmates have already said they will be there and will be carrying signs just like the one you carried today in Indianapolis. Thank you for being there.

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      • 46. AndrewPDX  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:50 pm

        Thank you, thank you, thank you, thankyou, thankyou, thankyouthankyouthankyou!!!! I just can’t say it enough; it really helps me to know it’s not just ‘us’ fighting by ourselves, but that we have brave straight allies like you to keep us sane.

        Love,
        Andrew

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      • 47. Straight Grandmother  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm

        MERCI Birdie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Me too I am a straight supporter.

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  • 48. Simon  |  July 26, 2010 at 11:49 am

    The way things are going, their “One Man, One Woman” might actually become literal if it gets down to only a couple of people showing up at these farce events.

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  • 49. Dave in Maine  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    plez subscript me

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    • 50. Dave in Maine  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:17 pm

      still trying to get the mass emails….

      Dave

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  • 51. Mouse  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Why do they get so few people to come out and listen to their hate speech?

    Is it because their side prefers to vote their hate into legislation privately and anonymously? That they run from the light like cockroaches in a filthy apartment?

    Or do they not really exist – are the votes rigged? A falsified vote would explain why the consistent discrepancy between polls and actual votes.

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    • 52. Owen  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:17 pm

      I’m somewhat of a conspiracy theorist, politically, but I’ve long thought that prop. 8 was rigged.

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      • 53. Steve  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:29 pm

        Prop8 was bought almost entirely with Mormon money funneled in from Utah through front groups. In fact NOM was explicitly funded as one such group.

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  • 54. Elliott  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Maybe my mind is in the gutter, but does the soldier on the right side of the statue look like he’s wearing ass-less chaps?

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    • 55. AndrewPDX  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:42 pm

      ROFL!

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    • 56. Jude  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm

      LOL…I had to scroll up and look again. Oh and to think the MagHag was looking at them during her speech. Too funny!

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    • 57. Biff  |  July 26, 2010 at 7:00 pm

      I think you are “kinda right”…..now I have to go back, and sit on the steps facing east……and “ponder”!

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  • 58. phillykarl  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    From what I hear from anti-gay marriage people, they have nothing against gays – they want them to have protection under the law, its just that they want the term marriage saved exclusively for heterosexuals. Based on this, I am assuming that NOM is planning the stop in South Bend to support the rights of gays and lesbians against housing and job discrimination. Because they really do love gay people. They just need the word marriage for themselves. Am I right about this? If NOM were to show up and voice opposition to gay housing and employment rights, it would remove any doubt about their true motives. Maggie couldn’t possibly be that stupid, could she?

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    • 59. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:55 pm

      Yes, she could! Or if not Maggie, then definitely Brian and Louis. You see, for them, keeping the word marriage all to themselves is only the start. Once they derail marriage equality through fear, they will then begin to attack everything else that the LGBTQQI community has struggled so hard to gain over the years and decades. Their ultimate goal is for the US to have a law like the one Uganda has, that would make being gay and open a crime punishable by the death penalty.

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    • 60. Rebecca  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:00 pm

      Very good point! This type of action will make their true agenda clear. I hope they show up, protest a very basic human right, and then everyone who has been undecided about the issues can see them for who they really are.

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      • 61. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:04 pm

        And they won’t even have to break out their brown uniforms, lightning bolt collar insignia and swastika armbands to prove it, will they?

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      • 62. anonygrl  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm

        Can someone who can get into the NOM tweets post the idea there that we think it is wonderful that they are going to South Bend to SUPPORT us on this issue, since they want us to have equal rights? Make a big deal of how great it is, in light of their previous comments, that they are finally showing that they are NOT bigots? How proud we are to stand BESIDE them in this? But be sure to do so in a very sincere and thankful way?

        First off it might well drive off any support that they might draw to the event, it is possible it will drive THEM off (which for our purposes here is just as effective as if they attend and are anti-gay, since it would prove what their intention was on going) and at the very BEST it might actually force them to come out in SUPPORT of our side, which would be so fantastic it would be unbelievable.

        Is there anyone who can jump on this right away? I cannot from work, no access. But if several folks could get on and do it sincerely right away, and greet them with the same message when they show up, hell, make SIGNS saying “Thanks NOM for proving you are not bigots and standing up with us on this important issue of equality!”

        Imagine how fantastic this could be!!!

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    • 63. Straight Grandmother  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:24 pm

      I thought of that immediatly after I read the post from Eden. “Oh yeah we don’t h8te GLBT’s, we are only here to protect marriage.” Then what are you going to South Bend for? It is not a law about marriage, your stated cause. Ha! NOM, you are so transparent.

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      • 64. anonygrl  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:26 pm

        And we need to SAY that, to THEM in PUBLIC LOUDLY and QUICKLY!

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    • 65. Biff  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm

      They keep speaking of the “Institution” of marriage, it’s a private club, that ONLY people with their religious beliefs bother apply…..hence UN constitutional!

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    • 66. Felyx  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:44 pm

      The idea that they just want the word marriage was shot down by the Hawaiian Governor when she voted down SS DP/CU because the law ‘looked too much like marriage’.

      Felyx

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    • 67. Mykelb  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:49 pm

      Go to JoeMyGod or to GoodAsyou.org and look at the people that are connected to NOM. They are some of the worst haters in America. There is no doubt that NOM and their ilk want us dead.

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  • 68. Sagesse  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Check out Eden’s update above.

    “BREAKING- UPDATE BY EDEN: We just learned from a source on the ground that NOM will be breaking from their planned route to the next stop in Madison to cover a major event in South Bend, Indiana- due three hours north of Indianapolis. The South Bend Common Council will be voting for the fourth time on an amendment to the city’s human rights ordinace that protects residents on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity with respect to housing and employment.”

    This would be a major break from script for NOM. They say they’re all for LGBT rights, ‘just not marriage’. If they’re taking a position against equality in housing and employment, that’s a BIG departure.

    Did someone say Louis is ‘driving the bus’?

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    • 69. Ronnie  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm

      Why would NOM be going to attend something that has nothing to do with “Marriage” if they were only about “Marriage”?

      Lying Fascist Pigs…NOM you are LYING…FASCIST..PIGS!!!

      > ( ……Ronnie

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      • 70. anonygrl  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm

        Ronnie,
        You are looking at this all wrong.

        If they DO go there against us, it PROVES beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are bigots.

        If they end up there in SUPPORT of us, WE WIN.

        If, after having announced they are going and we thank them for coming to support us and then they don’t show up, it proves their original intention was to be against us, and they thought the better of it, but still proves them bigots.

        This is TOTALLY a WIN/WIN/WIN for us!!

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      • 71. Straight Grandmother  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:27 pm

        Right Ronnie, you called them by their correct name.

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      • 72. Felyx  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm

        Linda Lingle already proved this is all about more than just marriage… she already voted down Hawaii CUs because they were too much like marriage!

        The agenda is obvious, fags need to be exterminated or they will lead us all to some mythical Hell!!

        Felyx

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  • 73. Rob Tisinai  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Poor Maggie Gallagher. She hired active bigot Louis Marinelli to run the NOM Marriage Tour, and he just keeps screwing up. In his description of the Columbus, Ohio, tour stop he spits in the face of adoptive parents everywhere:

    “There was one couple (one of those bolder [gay] couples who came into the rally itself) who were particularly disappointing. The two men decided not to just attend the rally but they brought a baby with them. Notice I said ‘a baby” because it isn’t “their baby”. It was clearly adopted. They were white the baby was not.”

    There you go: Adoptive parents aren’t allowed to say their baby is “their baby.” Seriously, my Mom and Dad adopted my brother before I was born, and if you ever told my Mom that my brother wasn’t her baby — oh lord, even Mama Grizzlies (real ones!) wouldn’t have been able to stand up that fury.

    http://wakingupnow.com/blog/noms-ugly-disdain-for-adoptive-parents

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    • 74. Sagesse  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:17 pm

      Rob,

      I know that in the video of one of Brian Brown’s speeches from this tour, he was advocating an amendment to the US Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman, and I also think he referred (not in the same place) to banning adoption by same sex parents. Anyone here have a better memory than me?

      A day late and a dollar short, NOM seems to have realized that same sex couples actually have families. According to the Williams Institute (2005 data) there were 270,000 children under 18 living in households headed by same sex couples.

      It kinda undercuts their argument to legislate against marriage equality so that ‘children can be raised by their biological mother and father’ if same-sex couples all over America (except Florida), whether married, DP’d or completely unofficial, are raising families, and can adopt.

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    • 75. Dave in CA  |  July 26, 2010 at 4:41 pm

      Does NOM in any place, any literature, any public rally, ever encourage straight couples to adopt children? Ever? Do they lift one finger, donate one dollar, advocate in any way for children who are in the system, to be adopted out?

      Or is their ONLY concern with adoption the notion that some gay couples are allowed to adopt the unwanted offspring of irresponsible heterosexual procreation?

      Would they rather these children remain in the foster care system?

      Someone in the press needs to ask them about this.

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  • […] Courage Campaign’s Tour Tracker posted tentative preliminary attendance at the start of about 29 (though this picture shows more) […]

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  • 77. James A. Tuttle  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    What an impressive individual:

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  • 78. Corey  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Thank you so much for being there… on behalf of myself and Equality 4 Indy / DOD FED GLOBE – Indiana… we really appreciate all of the coverage!

    Corey

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    • 79. Straight Grandmother  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:30 pm

      MERCI Corey and to everyone who showed up and counter protested.

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  • 80. Biff  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I think we had a great turnout here in Indianapolis, and I was happy to be a part of it!

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    • 81. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you!!!
      ;-)

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  • 82. Larry Gist  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    OMG I was there today and I was so pumped up! The crowed was chanting “What do we want?” “Marriage Equality” “When do we want it?” “NOW!” Of course I started that! I have a loud mouth – Aaron was doing a great job with the bullhorn! Then we ALL ran across the street and stood in front of the bus with our signs and took lots of pictures! They are on my facebook page if anyone wants to see them. I was interviewed by three local press agencies and I think I should be on the news tonight. I will try to grab videos and post them as well. All in all we pretty much shut them down here in Indy today.

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    • 83. Dave P.  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:17 pm

      Dang, dude, you guys kicked butt today! : ) Thank you!

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    • 84. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:30 pm

      AWESOME!!! You sound so excited and happy! I am VERY thankful buddy!
      can’t wait to see if you get any video of your interviews.
      So what all were you asked and what were your replies?

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      • 85. Larry Gist  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:49 pm

        I was asked why I was there, I told the first guy that I was there to stand for marriage equality for all Hoosiers. The second guy from Channel 6 asked me the same thing and I told him that was there to support marriage equality for all people, whether it be 2 men, 2 women or a man and a woman. I also said that I believe that the right to marry should not be determined by a couple’s ability to reproduce. Next thing you know they won’t allow elderly or infertile couples to marry. THEN I said, “You look at their numbers, then you turn and look at OUR numbers here and I think you can see where Hoosiers stand on this issue.” He really liked that! A guy from the Times in Northern Indiana liked it too when I said that to him and that he would make that what his story is about. It was AMAZING!

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      • 86. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  July 26, 2010 at 2:37 pm

        AWESOMR LARRY!!!!!
        Great responces! Way to call attention to the ‘numbers’, that is GREAT!!

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      • 87. Anonygrl  |  July 26, 2010 at 3:59 pm

        EXCELLENT Larry! You couldn’t have done better! You highlighted the positive side of our message while gently shooting down their biggest objection, and hit the numbers! Terrific!!!

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    • 88. Straight Grandmother  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm

      Larry, I had a preminition that Indiana would show a strong force of numbers for Equality. I can’t wait to see more pics. The main thing is, which I like, they at least get the info to us right away and then follow up with pics as they can get it done. Thank you so much Larry, you made a difference in the fight for Equality. If I am not mistaken I think this might have been the biggest number wise of all the counter protests, if not the biggest then certainly right up near the top.

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      • 89. Biff  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm

        Thank you for the Flag SG… I think we did it proud!

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      • 90. Straight Grandmother  |  July 26, 2010 at 2:05 pm

        You sure as hell did Biff, you did.

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  • 91. PamC  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks to all the protesters and all the CC reporters!

    Re: the turnout numbers; it does seem that the tables have turned in the last 70 or so years. We’ve gone from a handful of brave GLBT activists, in suits and dresses, protesting in front of the White House, with hundreds of thousands of straights hating them openly and with impunity, to a handful of anti-GLBT folks desperate for public support, outnumbered at every stop by openly gay & straight allies. Gotta love this.

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  • 92. Audrey GetEQUAL Smith  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    http://www.freedomtomarry.org/page/event/detail/summerformarriage/rtt

    Orly? Freedom to Marry w/ Equality Pennsylvania and LGBT Community Center Coalition of Central Pennsylvania are planning a MOVIE the NIGHT BEFORE the NOM stop??? PLEEEEEASE!!!

    If you are ANYWHERE near Harriburg PA, come to THIS event on Friday the 13th:
    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=144354515578400

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    • 93. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm

      I told one of our straight allies in the Jewish community about Harrisburg, and she told her son. They are getting a crowd together to go to Harrisburg.

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      • 94. Audrey GetEQUAL Smith  |  July 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm

        Whew! I was afraid that it would just be me, my wife and our 2 kids! I have been so disappointed so far by everyone in PA that I know because none of them will go. I have been feeling like the only Pennsylvanian who gives a damn.

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      • 95. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 26, 2010 at 4:50 pm

        You won’t be. I know the ones in LItitz will be there, and the younger one will probably activate the IUNS (Ithaca Underground Notification System) to bring in a lot more.

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  • 96. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Eden, I got a 404 error on the new post. Can someone check and see what happened?

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  • 97. demonyc  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    where are the crying children? didn’t they hire any this week?

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  • 98. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Eden, it is now 13 minutes after I got the email about the breaking news of the South Bend detour, and I am still getting Error 404–File NOt found when I try to click on the new thread to subscribe. Help!

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  • 99. Biff  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I actually had a statement prepared, IF anyone actually stuck a microphone in my direction, and it was this…” I am a proud gay American, I stand by the protection of the freedom to worship,as well as the rest. It’s truly sad that a religious group like the Mormon Church, persecuted and chased from state to state, for their beliefs, has to now stand on the backs of another persecuted group to feel powerful.I would never ask the U.S. Government to force a church to marry myself and my betrothed against their will! I would also hope that these “CHURCHES” do not impose their religious will through government laws…..But, I guess we all have to climb over the lowest rung to gain what “POWER that RELIGION protects!

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    • 100. Anonygrl  |  July 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm

      NIce Biff!!

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  • 101. RJ  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    “Because we’re not the kind of organizers to let NOM go unchallenged, Courage Campaign’s trackers are responding in kind by breaking off the trail to head to South Bend as well.”

    Anyone notice that this is turning more into an episode of Storm Chasers now that they’re moving into the midwest? “Well, we sense some activity three hours to the north, so let’s break off and see if we can stir things up.”

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  • […] We just learned from a source on the ground that NOM is breaking from its planned route to the next stop in Madison, Wisconsin, to cover a major event in South Bend, Indiana, due three hours north of Indianapolis (earlier report from today’s Indianapolis event). […]

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    • 103. Biff  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm

      Madison Wisconsin…REALLY?……..in my college years, became known as the Lesbian capital of the college world?….Good luck with THAT NOM…..hehehehehe!

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      • 104. Biff  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:55 pm

        Sorry. IN southbend indiana…..they will have the greatest turnout, for their side, that they will ever have…….Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly have an amazing following here in Indiana……

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      • 105. Alan E.  |  July 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm

        South Bend = Notre Dame. Enough said.

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  • 106. Adam  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Great job!! Thank you for all you do! Keep up the great work– so encouraging to see so much support for Equality in Indiana!
    Keep updating.. please!

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  • 107. Straight Grandmother  |  July 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Great job reporting to everyone at Courage Campaign!!
    Thank you so much. And as he previous poster stted, yes it is kind of looking like “storm chasers” Our beloved Courage Campaign staff will not be thrown off and continues to follow the storm. This is great, so inspirational.

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  • 108. Bill  |  July 26, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Something very interesting is beginning to occur. We are starting to see these anti-equality folks being treated the way that THEY have treated us.

    It is quite something to behold. Watching these hateful bigots who have hidden behind God and bible to justify their bigotry for so long becoming the outcasts.

    Perhaps there is a god after all…

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    • 109. Denny2  |  July 26, 2010 at 2:31 pm

      You’re right,
      People know that this bigotry is not acceptable any more. I think that’s why they can rack up anonymous donations and votes behind closed doors, but when the time comes for people to show their faces associated with these ideas they don’t show up. I’m looking forward to when the people whose names are associated with organizations like NOMnwon’t be able to show their faces in public anymore. Its coming soon!!!

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  • 110. Straight Grandmother  |  July 26, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Now I can go to bed and sleep easy tonight. It is 11:30pm by me in France. I think it is very important that there always be a strong counter protest at the site NOM is at. It discourages H8ters from attending and it is very uplifting and motivating for all the protesters on the Equality side.

    Indiana you did us all proud, I am so thanful for each and every one of you who attended, on a Monday in the middle of the day. Tomorrow I will catch up and by that time there might be some video, and I’ll check the local news stores as well. G’night all…

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  • 111. Lindoro Almaviva  |  July 26, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I was there, and had the opportunity to go to lunch with Bill, Arisha, Phillis and Anthony. Lovely people. I think of all the counter protests, this one has been the one that has had the biggest turnout, I am PROUD!

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    • 112. couragecampaign  |  July 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm

      We are fortunate to have such a terrific staff. Thanks, Lindoro, for your kinds words. Remember, we’re just (t)here to support and amplify the great work YOU do.

      We owe NOM a debt of gratitude: they have proven they are a hollow, empty, organization with no following. They have to follow people who villify LGBT people to chase a crowd.

      You all are showing the truth. America has left NOM behind.

      Rick Jacobs.

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  • 113. TomJ  |  July 26, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    The tour isn’t to draw supporters, it’s to taunt counter-demonstrators into yelling and peeing on the tires of their bus. They need evidence for their last and most desperate ploy: that they are victims of gay fascists. It’s all they have left. Don’t play into it!

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  • 114. Kathleen  |  July 26, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Just got home – great to see that there was such a good turnout and glad some of out P8TTers were there. Hope we get to see pictures of Richard and Billy!

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    • 115. Dave P.  |  July 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm

      Yes, more pictures from Indianapolis, please! Either posted here or via a link, whatever you got. Thanks!

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    • 116. Biff  |  July 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm

      <3

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  • 117. Billy  |  July 26, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Well everyone, I attended the rally with my fiancé “Biff”, prop8trialtracker poster “Richard W. Fitch”, and my friend Jess. Just got back home, and all I gotta say is… wow! So many people there on our side. I also got to meet Arisha (Hi, Arisha!), and hold up the flag Straightgrandmother got for us proudly. Here’s a photo album I put up:

    http://s36.photobucket.com/albums/e45/razorhoof/Prop8trialtracker/

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    • 118. Alan E.  |  July 26, 2010 at 4:07 pm

      Oh how I wish I could be at any one of these rallies! This is turning into a fantastic rallying cry for gay people in every state. Who would have thought that so much support could be mustered up on such short notice in these areas? I am excited to hear all about it every day, now. I actually felt a little empty yesterday when there was nothing new going on (but it did allow me time to get some other work done). This is a great run-up to the Prop 8 Trial announcement.

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      • 119. Sheryl  |  July 26, 2010 at 11:48 pm

        Alan E., I so agree with you. I wish I could be at one of the rally’s. Too bad we are broke or I’d find a way to get to the Raleigh meeting.

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  • 120. Sagesse  |  July 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    A dog! A vicious rainbow dalmatian dog! Gotta luv it.

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    • 121. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 26, 2010 at 4:09 pm

      And that dalmatian is probably as spoiled as our dogs are, and probably won’t hurt you unless it thinks you are threatening its family.

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    • 122. fiona64  |  July 26, 2010 at 4:11 pm

      I have two Dalmatians (liver spotted – think chocolate instead of licorice, LOL). I promise that both Phaedra and Jarvis support marriage equality.

      (All of our animals love everyone, especially if they come bearing treats!)

      Love,
      Fiona

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  • 125. eDee  |  July 26, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I have to laugh, when I read NOM’s “we had a great turn out” they are also counting equality supporters. Because they are glad you’re there, hearing their message.

    They honestly think that if gays here the NOM message it will somehow be converting.

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  • 126. eDee  |  July 26, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I LOVE THIS SIGN!!!!!!

    (I hope html image code works)

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    • 127. eDee  |  July 26, 2010 at 4:04 pm

      Nope lol

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  • 128. fritz smith  |  July 26, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    If you ask me, this attempt to move to South Bend is a CLEAR attempt to organize the Catholic base! (South Bend = Notre Dame U. ) Maggie is involved in some attempt to rally supporters she can count on. Call/text/inform those you know within the reachable area to go! I’m going to take the afternoon off work to make the 2 1/2 hour drive from Lafayette, IN. I’m also going to send out a message to my UU church leaders as a call to action. For those of you that want to alert and perhaps receive some religious presence — please also contact out ally in South Bend at Office@FirstUnitarian.us

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  • 129. Alan E.  |  July 26, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    IMG_1890

    I love the small sign towards the left:
    “GOD HATES FANGS”

    ahhh True Blood.

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    • 130. eDee  |  July 26, 2010 at 5:47 pm

      OMGosh!! I didn’t see that! love IT!!!

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  • 131. Nate  |  July 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    We had an amazing time today! So proud of our gay community today…the police were wonderful and there was really no confrontation, at least on our parts…I did catch a crazy religious guy on camera yelling at us for no apparent reason:)

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  • […] older attendee held this sign and the Courage Campaign, there to document the entire tour, got an interview with the man. It’s included after the jump with another photo of the guy […]

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  • 133. jfbrady  |  July 26, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    If they don’t have any popular support where do they get their money? Is one person bankrolling this whole disaster?

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    • 134. Kathleen  |  July 26, 2010 at 8:31 pm

      They have plenty of support – just not people who are willing to come out in public and show their faces. It’s a different matter all together to write a check, especially if NOM is successful in keeping their donors private.

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  • 135. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  July 26, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Two, actually–President Momson (hope I spelled that right) and Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus

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  • 136. Biff  |  July 26, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    the best part of my day,,,,,,,walking the two blocks back to the car,after it was over,and having a stocky straight guy (a little older, but, healthy), jog by and say,”good for you guys”!……in Indy, It was a plus that someone wouldn’t drive by and take a “shot”…….a good day, indeed!

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  • 137. Ann S.  |  July 26, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Missed this one somehow — a bit late, but still subbing.

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    • 138. Ann S.  |  July 26, 2010 at 8:09 pm

      Still trying to subscribe.

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      • 139. Ann S.  |  July 26, 2010 at 8:09 pm

        It would help if I clicked the box, wouldn’t it?

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  • 140. jfbrady  |  July 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    So I google Carl Anderson and get a bio through the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra part of which says, “Mr. Anderson served for nearly a decade as a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.” That’s sad.

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  • 141. Michael  |  July 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Strident anti-gay pressure group NOM gives its supporters permission to hate gay people. In their commercials in Maine and California, in their online posts, in their comments, at their rallies. Then they claim to be the victim and try to portray pro-equality Americans as thugs. The real violent thugs are NOM, et al. Their entire Hate Tour is meant to intimidate and bully any American with different beliefs or different faiths. This is an example of what happens when you tell people that the sin of homophobia is okay, tradition and a “family value.”

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  • […] NOM’s objections, a NOM tour tracker from the Courage Campaign interviewed Larry Adams, the man holding the sign, who revealed that he had struggled with […]

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  • […] off a massive #FAIL in Indianapolis where pro-equality supporters more than tripled the number from NOM’s side, and where one of […]

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  • 144. Drasties - Dutch on the World - World on the Dutch  |  July 27, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    […] NOM’s objections, a NOM tour tracker from the Courage Campaign interviewed Larry Adams, the man holding the sign, who revealed that he had struggled with […]

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  • […] NOM’s objections, a NOM tour tracker from the Courage Campaign interviewed Larry Adams, the man holding the sign, who revealed that he had struggled with […]

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  • […] July 23 not knowing what to expect or what my contribution was going to be. My first rally was in Indianapolis, Indiana.  We got to the State Capitol building and I thought to myself “wow, this is sort of eventful” […]

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  • […] July 23 not knowing what to expect or what my contribution was going to be. My first rally was in Indianapolis, Indiana.  We got to the State Capitol building and I thought to myself “wow, this is sort of eventful” […]

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  • […] older attendee held this sign and the Courage Campaign, there to document the entire tour, got an interview with the man. It’s included after the jump with another photo of the guy with […]

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  • […] We just learned from a source on the ground that NOM is breaking from its planned route to the next stop in Madison, Wisconsin, to cover a major event in South Bend, Indiana, three hours due north of Indianapolis (earlier report from today’s Indianapolis event). […]

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