Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Some Final Thoughts on NOM's Protest+Counter-Demonstration

I recognized a commentator's user name in The Bilerico Project's main post on the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) protest by the name of AndrewW. Andrew and I talk about local issues in some talk radio chat rooms, and we tend to agree on a lot of issues. But on this, we disagree.

The gist of Andrew's argument is, similar to KKK rally's and Fred Phelp's protests, if NOM's protests are ignored, they'll go away.

However, NOM's position on civil marriages is not some type of fringe position. It is a widely help political belief held by millions of people across the country. Even among those who don't support federal and state constitutional amendments, there are many who still believe "marriage is between one man and one woman."

It's a legitimate public policy debate to be had. And thus, ignoring it only makes it seem like people don't care. Whereas it's clear, with 80-250 people showing up in the middle of the day to be the counter argument to a rally, people do care.

Finally, Bil Browning of The Bilerico Project has an excellent YouTube video up and a blog post that expands on it.

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