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06/04/2014

Is NOM's #March4Marriage planning to piggy back off Ralph Reed's more high-profile event?

by Jeremy Hooper

On the same day and in the same city as the National Organization For Marriage's planned march, lobby day, and gala, another much higher profile coalition of (largely anti-gay) conservatives will gather for their own lobbying and meeting and reception-ing. And this "Road to Majority" conference, organized by Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition, is certainly much more star-studded than NOM's affair:

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Road To majority Conference [F&FC]

Chris Christie just announced that he will speak as well. This event is sure to get some coverage.

Which makes me wonder if maybe this is the real reason NOM chose the June 19th date. There are already going to be social conservatives in D.C., and they're even going to be lobbying. Looking at the schedules for both events, it's very possible for attendees to overlap, as will some of the speakers. In fact, the lobby days are scheduled for the same exact time. And we all know that NOM loves to create the illusion of a bigger turnout than what they could organically achieve. I'm thinking maybe NOM's plan is to take ownership of everyone who is milling about as if he or she is an enthusiastic NOM supporter.

Whatever the case, it's certainly shaping up to be one very equal-rights-hostile day in the nation's capital. If you ever wanted to study the way America's different regional accents pronounce the phrase "traditional marriage," this would be your perfect linguistic opportunity.

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