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National Organization Road Trips from Maine to DC Spreading Bigotry Along the Way

June 29, 2010

The National Organization for Marriage is doing a “Summer for Marriage” tour where they’re touring 22 cities, starting in Augusta, Maine with the delusional Bob Emrich (and failed candidate for State House of Representatives) on July 14th and ending in Washington, DC on August 15th (they seem to be following me…).  Ending the tour in DC strikes me as a terrible idea, given the city’s support for marriage equality and large and politically-active LGBT population.  Hopefully DC residents will come out and show Brian Brown how DC really feels.

Meanwhile, Freedom to Marry is also conducting a Summer for Marriage tour to counter NOM’s inevitably hateful messages.  Details below the jump.

The other piece of news coming out of Maine on the topic of NOM is that the Maine Ethics Commission continues their investigation into NOM’s donors over their never ending legal challenges.  Fortunately, none of these objections seem to be sticking.

Earlier this month, the anti-gay group, “National Organization for Marriage” (NOM), announced a summer tour across 17 states and the District of Columbia to “protect marriage.” In NOM’s call to action, they declared that “this is an urgent time for marriage,” that “a strong marriage…makes a strong family,” and that “groups of these strong families make strong neighborhoods” and “strong towns, cities, and states.” We at Freedom to Marry couldn’t agree more, and we would like to thank NOM for drawing attention this summer to the love, commitment, and the crucial safety net that marriage brings to families across the country.

Today, Freedom to Marry is announcing that we will join NOM in embracing this summer as a Summer for Marriage. We will do this by spreading the word across the country about the importance of ending exclusion from marriage. As part of Freedom to Marry’s Summer for Marriage, we are working with our supporters, as well as local and state partners, to plan rallies and other events wherever NOM is planning to push discrimination and distort the truth about gay couples and their families. In 17 states and the District of Columbia, we will share our stories and demonstrate how the denial of marriage harms same-sex couples and their families, while helping no one.

Freedom to Marry has always believed that the best way to change hearts and minds is to break the silence, spark conversations, and share personal stories about why marriage matters to same-sex couples and their families. But we also know that we cannot allow the distractions, distortions, and discriminatory agenda of groups like NOM to go unanswered. In advertising their summer tour, NOM referred to supporters of the freedom to marry as the “iconoclasts” who “pillage the values of our Nation”. Nothing could be further from the truth. We will continue to demonstrate that there is nothing more American then embracing the Golden Rule and celebrating love, commitment, and equal protection under the law.

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