NOM Launches "Summer for Marriage" Tour – And We’re Going to Track Them
July 12, 2010
by Robert Cruickshank
Maggie Gallagher, the Chair of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), was beside herself last Thursday after a federal court judge ruled that the “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) was unconstitutional. As she said in a press release last Thursday:
Does this federal judge want to start another culture war? Does he really want another Roe. v. Wade?… Only an incompetent defense could have lost this case. We expect to win in a higher court.
Maggie Gallagher and NOM’s supporters on the religious right know that the DOMA ruling is a serious setback and a troubling sign that momentum is slipping away from them. They also know that, in the battle for hearts and minds, state-by-state, community-by-community, they are losing.
So, taking a page from the Tea Party, NOM is launching an unprecedented “Summer for Marriage: One Man, One Woman” tour across the country this Wednesday to rally their troops, change the narrative in the media, and swing momentum back to their side.
We’re can’t let NOM go unchallenged. That’s why we are sending our staffers on the road for the next month to track every moment of NOM’s month-long tour — and tell the truth to the American people. You’ll be able to see it all on a new NOM Tour Tracker that we’re going to launch as part of this blog.
The NOM Tour Tracker campaign is the next phase in our “Testimony: Equality on Trial” year-long project to bring the federal Prop 8 trial into the lives of the American people. Here’s how we’re going to track this tour.
Working closely with Freedom to Marry and our friends organizing for equality in communities across the country, our staffers will do much more than just hold NOM accountable for their propaganda campaign. Our NOM Tour Trackers will also:
• Mobilize Courage members in each community to organize their own events at each tour stop, in collaboration with local organizations
• Collect the “testimony” of people and families impacted by the lack of full equality in America
• Organize and present live reenactments of the Prop 8 trial, which you’ll see on our Equality on Trial website
I saw that some of you have already been discussing this in the comments, and some have already donated. On behalf of the Courage Campaign, we thank you for that support. We’ve budgeted $35,000 to track the NOM tour. An anonymous donor has offered to put up $17,500 if we can raise enough money to match it.
Please help us launch this project by making a tax-deductible contribution today.
Here’s the list of locations the NOM tour is going to hit. (Note: the link takes you to the NOM site, so you may want to have some hand sanitizer and clothespins ready.) The tour is focused on the Northeast and the Midwest, perhaps a sign that NOM feels these areas are moving toward equality and away from their discriminatory agenda. It concludes on August 15 on the steps of the US Capitol in Washington DC.
Courage Campaign staff and local equality advocates along the route will be tracking this tour and bringing you the stories and statements – the testimony – of this tour. Thanks to those of you who have already donated to help us launch this project. I hope others can make a tax-deductible contribution as well, so that we can get this project under way!