Louis gets a long-scheduled visit from the National
Organization for Marriage -- the anti-gay marriage folks behind this much-parodied gem,
the famously and hilariously fear-mongering "Gathering Storm" YouTube clip.
These people are scared shitless of gays and lesbians marrying each other.
to a federal district judge in California,
the planned counter-protest by local LGBT folks has taken a celebratory turn. Grassroots
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy groups Show Me No Hate, PROMO and Faith Aloud had already been
planning to demonstrate in favor of same-sex marriage at the event.
rally is going to be more than just a counter-protest -- it's a party.
about 52 percent of Californians voted yes on Prop 8, which said that the Golden only recognizes marriage as
existing between one man and one woman. NOM was a major force in passing that
legislation. Yesterday, San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker threw Prop 8 out, calling it unconstitutional
similar legislation, the Walker
decision is being hailed locally and nationally as a victory for marriage
"I'm excited," says Ed Reggi,
founder of Show Me No Hate. "We can make [tonight's rally] not about that they're
just in town and we're not happy about it -- we can direct that energy towards
celebration." Reggi says allies including Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy
will be on hand to show support.
The anti-gay folks, however, aren't fazed.
NOM's executive director, Brian
Brown, says that Missouri should be scared, even with their own anti-gay-marriage passed overwhelmingly.
decision deals not only with Prop 8, it affects every state that deals with the
union of one man and one woman," says Brown, who will speak tonight. "This decision
is going to force them to talk about what their position is on marriage -- there
isn't a middle ground. Clearly there's a renewed interest in the nature of
marriage and how far judicial activists have gone in trumping the will of the
with the Daily RFT tomorrow for coverage of the event, held at at Memorial Park in Clayton.