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07/24/2011

NOM march 'security': Minding the crowd, contributing to its chorus

by Jeremy Hooper

One very troubling aspect of today's rabidly anti-gay rally in the streets of Manhattan, on the very day that gay couples began marrying: There were literally hundreds of people wearing the following yellow shirts, with NOM's LetThePeopleVote.com site emblazoned on the front and the word "Security" on the back:

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And these folks were actually granted some degree of authority. Many of them instructed me to do this or that, in full view of the cops. I saw a some telling everyday New Yorkers where they could and could not stand on their own public sidewalks. They seemed to be a little more than just marshalls: People were actually deferring to them on matters of law. All while they were simultaneously chanting against gay people's rights?

What is this about? Since when do groups like NOM get to bus in a crowd (At least 12 buses!) of not only marchers, but also sympathetic marchers who get to act as both authoritarians and activists?! Not okay.

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