Currently, 195 million Americans support marriage equality. Compare that number to the crowd that turned out today for yet another beleaguered National Organization for Marriage rally on the wrong side of history:
The "March for Marriage" featured some of the most virulently anti-LGBT voices in an effort to convince the Supreme Court to rule against marriage equality in its deliberations this summer.
Sen. Ruben Diaz, Family Research Council Action Executive Director and reality star Josh Duggar, Janet Crouse of the World Congress of Families, radio host Mat Staver, and NOM President Brian Brown were among today's featured speakers, proudly standing on the wrong side of history.
NOM has a long history of giving voice to hate. In its fight against equality, the organization has used racially motivated tactics as strategy, committed numerous campaign ethics violations, and promoted speakers and pundits who accuse LGBT people of child endangerment and abuse and compare marriage equality to Hitler’s Third Reich.
Earlier this week, HRC, released an open letter addressed to His Holiness Pope Francis asking that Archbishop Viganò, the current Apostolic Nuncio, withdraw from his speaking role at the National Organization for Marriage (NOM)’s “Marriage for Marriage.”
“There is absolutely no room for an emissary of one of the world’s great religions at an event that will espouse hate and bigotry and promote outright discrimination against LGBT Americans and their families,” said HRC Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz. “Pope Francis has continually emphasized love and acceptance in his tenure, but this event stands for anything but.”
In the letter, HRC President Chad Griffin said that speaking at the event flies in the face of the Church’s own words on LGBT people. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò did not address the crowd today, but received a round of applause for attending the rally.
“Imagine if the United States ambassador to the Vatican took part in a rally in support of reproductive rights in St. Peter’s Square,” he wrote. “The role of an ambassador such as Archbishop Viganò or our own ambassador to the Vatican is to represent diplomatic interests, not further politicize differences. "
Despite NOM’s claims to the contrary, the reality remains that the majority of Americans do not support the organization's mission.
Do you stand with the majority of Americans in support of same-sex marriage?