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08/06/2010

#NOMTour: No 'protect marriage' shirt, no ban-happy shoes, no service

by Jeremy Hooper

What's one way for the National Organization For Marriage to ensure that that their summer marriage tour is shut off from the people who they are hurting? Well, they can suddenly, out of the blue convert their once-public tour stops into "private parties," complete with a strict screening process.

This from the Courage Campaign's NOM Tour Tracker:

NOM is apparently renting the space and the female police officer keeps telling us it’s a “private party”
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NOM will not let us in to their private party today (or, apparently, gay couples). We’ve tried every angle. Brian Brown could be saying something profound and tolerant right at this very moment, and we won’t get to hear it.

Each of us has separately asked almost every officer in sight (looking for security cracks). I personally offered to surrender all recording devices, take off my press pass and attend as a private citizen. I pulled the “I-am-not-a-lesbian” card. Denied. I’m not a part of their group, the officer told me.

“How are you identifying who is a part of their group?” I asked.

The officer looked at me, said nothing.

“Is there a list? A paper invitation? A secret password?”

“Do you know the password,” the officer quipped. “You’re not in their group.”

“I’m a member of their Facebook group, does that count?”
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[Steve Houldworth and Graham Matthews] RSVPed to the NOM rally via Facebook.

When they showed up, they were not allowed in. When they asked why, they were told it’s because they are holding hands.

NOM blocks NOMTourTracker.com from St. Louis event (but not FOX News) [NOM Tour Tracker]

Crossing the border, hitting up Manhattan's trendiest club, getting into Harvard, or joining the Mile High Club during a bout of turbulence? All things that we'd expect to require some hoops and hurdles. But as for showing up at a public park, to a political event that presented itself as being open to any interested party? Why that should be as fuss-less and muss-less as earning flight attendant raised eyebrows once the Mile High membership dues are paid.

But then again, this is the group that wants to gatekeep gay people's lives, loves, rights, and open bars. Perhaps we should just be glad they still allow us to inhale air without saying that action makes us an in-hell heir.

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