National Organization for Marriage
, who made a stop
in St. Louis in early August
, got a friendly little note from Peter Yarrow
and Noel Paul Stookey
, the surviving members of the 60's folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary
In the note, addressed to NOM executive director Brian Brown, Yarrow and Stookey ask that the group stop playing the Peter Paul and Mary version of the Woodie Guthrie
anthem "This Land is Your Land
" at rallies that galvanize sentiment against gay marriage.
"We respect your right to hold and advocate for any position you wish,"
reads the letter, "but the philosophy of the 'National Organization
for Marriage' is directly contrary to the advocacy position Peter, Paul
& Mary have held for decades."
The letter is posted in its entirety
at the Courage Campaign website
a California marriage-equity network. Yarrow and Stookey end the missive with a
respectful request for NOM to find a new theme song -- and a promise to
seek legal recourse if need be.
NOM executive director Brown did not immediately return a message seeking comment, but the Daily RFT
will be more than happy to report his comments if he calls us back.
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