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Roback Morse's latest: Only 'a few hundred white people' stood for equality outside Supreme Court

by Jeremy Hooper

A few things.

(1) Regardless of how many times the National Organization For Marriage and its staffers push the lie, they did not have 10,000 marching on their side. I was there, and I have eyes. Even NOM's own supporters, writing on NOM's Ruth Blog, put the figure at around 2,500.

(2) The Catholic boys with a band and banners were not from a boys school. The band/banners boys were from TFP, the truly extreme organization that cosponsored the NOM march.

(3) Yes, various groups were bussed in to march with NOM. This is not something I would highlight if I worked for NOM, since it makes their already insignificant crowd size look even worse. Not that I think it's wrong to bus people to the nation's capital, mind you—I'm sure we did it as well. My point is that if you are rallying a specific group (e.g. Chinese evangelicals, Hispanic Pentecostals from the Bronx, etc), it's very easy to pack a bus with people who may not even be all that supportive of the cause. Many people—especially younger people—would go simply because their friends are going, their pastor told them to, or even peer pressure. When you have one hundred people from one very specific community, it makes your attendance look anything but organic.

(4) Our side was not a few hundred—our United For Marriage: Light The Way To Justice effort gathered thousands over the span of two days, both in D.C. and in virtually every state. Our side wasn't exclusively white—it was refreshingly diverse. Our side wasn't filled with rich elites—it was filled with Americans from all walks of life. Claiming that only financially well-off white people marched over the course of the two days is downright crazy claim.

Not listen to what NOM's own Jennifer Roback Morse has to say:

Screen Shot 2013-05-10 At 11.53.38 Am"The March for Marriage in Washington DC provided another setting where the economic contrast between the two sides jumped out at any honest observer. We came to rally for natural marriage on the day that the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the Prop 8 case. There were 10,000 people on the side of natural marriage: busloads of Hispanic Pentecostals from the Bronx, Catholics from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, a Catholic boys school with a band and banners, Chinese Evangelicals bused in from Delaware. And the Coalition of African American pastors sent pastors and people from all over the place. For some of these people, the bus fare was a financial hardship.

On the other side, a few hundred white people. These oh-so-politically correct folk were quite shocked to see the real Rainbow Coalition, our majority minority crowd, as we rounded the corner to march past the Supreme Court.

Jennifer Roback Morse, head of NOM's Ruth Institute

Nope. None of us were shocked by anything. Catholics carrying banners about side issues like abortion? Nasty anti-gay signs? Supporters who voiced their animus? State senator Ruben Diaz bussing in yet another crowd, even though his crowds did nothing short of helping us win equality in NY state? PUH-LEEZE! The NOM march played out as predictably as we all expected, and it has completely fizzled out in the subsequent days because it was a non-event. It was a minor blip on this year's truly historic calendar.

That is the truth. All else is spin.

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