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04/17/2013

A picture that pretty much defines NOM hubris

by Jeremy Hooper

Ever since their traction-less "March for Marriage," the National Organization has been trying to sell the lie that "over 10,000 marched for marriage" by showing the following photo:

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A cluster of people. That's indicative of NOM support—right?

Wrong. Here is the same picture with my own annotation:

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The folks between the lines are genuinely with NOM. The people on the right and left? Most of them are D.C. locals and tourists going to work, grabbing a bite, and going about their days. Many of them did indeed stop and gawk on, wondering what the heck was passing through town and why this mass kept chanting "one man, one woman" in a broken record–like fashion. Some of these everyday citizens probably even supported the NOM position, while others were actually carrying pro-equality signs (particularly in the left hand side of the photo). But other than a few spilloffs, no one on the right or left of the lines I drew above are actually marching with NOM.

I know. I was there. I kept weaving in and out with my camera and phone and assorted oppo tools. There were, indeed, people all around the march route. But the folks on the sidewalks are the ones I would turn to for a respite from the NOM vibe. These are the people you see above.

It's more than a little telling that this is the primary image NOM is running as "proof" that what everyone else saw as around 2,000 people was actually 10,000+. Their every move is built around a ruse—why should their portraiture look any different?

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