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05/16/2011

Video: About that NOM/Diaz human chain

by Jeremy Hooper

Several of you have asked about/commented on the arm-in-arm photo ops from yesterday's National Organization For Marriage/Ruben Diaz rally in the Bronx. So I feel a need to clarify that this actually wasn't just one photo op: This is literally how Brian Brown, Sen. Diaz, and assorted others marched to the rally. For over fourteen city blocks they did this, without break:

Now I should note: There was no opposition presence during the march itself. I was pretty much it, and I wasn't outwardly protesting. So what exactly were these folks standing so strongly and stoically against? Why the need to put up this strong, aligned front? Standing strong against what exactly: A pothole? A stray dog? Perhaps an out of control hot dog cart that freed itself from Yankee stadium, hellbent on destroying the sanctity of anti-gay protest marches? Because in terms of human push back, these kids were certainly spared!

But of course we all know why they did it: It's more of the same victimization strategy. Visually, they wanted the image of a coalition that would fall, if not for the strength they pull from each other. The portrait of an arm-in-arm troop that's being pummeled and pelted from all sides, and so must stay united so as to not falter. A graphic shorthand: One that sidesteps their own divisiveness via an image of contrived solidarity.

Or perhaps, they were just preparing themselves in case they happened upon either a roaming gang of Red Rover players or a casting director for A Chorus Line. What do we know?

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*EARLIER:

Photos from the rally

Presiding pastor says "Those who practice such things are worthy to death"

Preacher says 'breaking traditional marriage' will bring 'judgement and wrath of God'

Sen. Ruben Diaz' wife, Leslie Diaz, calls gays an 'abomination' and bases all opposition in her faith

NOM/Diaz rally speaker: Protect the family from Ricky Martin/the gates of hell

NOM's Brian Brown gives skewed, wholly religious speech

About that other group with a huge on-site presence, TFP

NOM-financed flyer supporting the event

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