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07/18/2011

NOM's politically miscalculated 7/24: Warm bodies to join pragmatism on day's 'lacking' list?

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2011-07-18 At 10.42.06 AmSo far, only eleven Facebookers have said they are attending the National Organization For Marriage's NYC protest on the day that marriages are to begin in the city. Of those eleven, I can confirm seven of them as pro-equality voices. One of the "yes" attendees is hidden (presumably the moderator). One of them is NOM employee Thomas Peters.

For the Rochester event: Three planned attendees, eighteen no.

Albany: One person says she's attending, one says maybe, fifteen say no.

Buffalo: Six attendees, six maybes, twenty-five no.


Now, of course it's a near certainty that they plan to bus in attendees, the way they've done with past events (including the 5/15 rally in the Bronx). But still: These event notices have been posted on NOM's own properties, as well as blasted around the local New York lobby groups' own channels -- and yet *THIS* is all they can drum up?! Seems "the people" are not as clamoring for a vote as NOM would like us all to believe.

Or maybe it's just that even the most motivated on that side of the fence realize that NOM's choice to protest people's weddings on the very day those weddings are set to happen is about as politically astute, media savvy, and culturally sensitive as a surgical group protesting Mayor Bloomberg's smoking ban while flaunting the profits they have made from treating emphysema.

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*EARLIER: Counter 7/24? We did, on 6/24! [G-A-Y]

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