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National Organization for Marriage Rally Participants

On Thursday the anti-equality group National Organization for Marriage (NOM) held its second “March for Marriage” rally in Washington, D.C. Speakers, including Kansas Representative Tim Huelskamp, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee.

NOM President Brian Brown told his supporters that attending the march would be “showing that there still exists in this country deep and wide support for the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman." However, pictures taken by HRC reveal the small and dismal crowd. Even the event's sponsor, The Washington Times, admitted only "hundreds" attended the event.

Rep. Huelskamp claimed that men are superior and meant to protect women and that women are, “desperately looking for a husband, desperately looking for a father.”

New York Senator Ruben Diaz bused people in from New York (without fully telling them why they were going).  Rev. Diaz’s speech was translated as, "The Bible says that the kingdom of heaven makes violence but the violent take it by force—you are the violent ones, you are!"

Rick Santorum stated that he is looking to reclaim marriage. He explained that, “Marriage is not just a romantic relationship between two people … it is the union of a man and a woman for the purpose of making two people as one—a unity—and secondly, to have and raise children. No other union can accomplish those two purposes.”

NOM claimed that the March for Marriage was "pro-marriage" rather than anti- anyone or anything, but some protestors did not get that memo. According to a poll conducted by HRC, only three percent of marriage equality opponents would protest a Supreme Court decision overturning marriage nationwide. Here is what that three percent has to say.

 

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