March on Marriage Fails to Attract a Crowd at the Capitol, Gallup Knows Why

a picture of a protest at the U.S. CapitolCredit: Courage Campaign @couragecampaignLast Thursday, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) held its second annual March on Marriage at the U.S. Capitol Building. Despite boasting big conservative names such as former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, the event ended up having a tiny turnout.

Less than a month before the protest, Brian Brown, the president of NOM, wrote a blog post titled "Demand for Buses Is Overwhelming—We Need Your Help." He announced that his friend, New York state Sen. Ruben Diaz, was bringing over 100 buses and more than 5,000 people. Diaz also put out a press release the week before saying that anyone could ride the bus completely free of charge.

The Washington Blade estimated that there were about 2,000 people total in attendance. The picture in the top right shows a sparse crowd. The folks who did show up were surprisingly lethargic. Gawker noted that:

Even when implored to participate, these people who presumably took off work to prove how invested they are in maintaining gays' second-class citizenship, were quiet and otherwise unenthusiastic.

One reason for the apathy from New York may have been that same-sex marriage has been legal there for three years already. Diaz's press release acknowledges the uphill battle:

You should also know that even though the New York State Legislature voted to approve the legality of same-sex marriage, we will still keep fighting the good fight and providing testimony that there are millions and millions of Americans who believe that the people should be allowed to vote on this matter. This way, instead of judges and legislators imposing their definition of marriage on our society, the people can decide once and for all.

But it's not clear a vote would come out how Diaz imagines. The most recent Gallup poll on the subject from last month shows that a record high 55 percent of Americans think that same-sex couples should be "recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages." In many states, the people have already spoken and have decided in a popular vote that same-sex marriage should be legal. Abroad, France, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, and many other countries now allow for gay marriage as well. 

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  • Bill Dalasio||

    My guess is that turnout was low because everyone else realizes what NOM doesn't - guys, it's over; you lost; give it a rest.

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    They figure the fix is already in.

  • Winston||

    guys, it's over; you lost; give it a rest.

    Yet Reason and the LP are still around.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Can this epic struggle please fizzle out now?

  • Jerryskids||

    I've got some bad news for you. Once we get past the endless gay marriage stories, it'll be nothing but gay home buying stories, then gay child-rearing stories, followed by gay midlife crisis stories and gay divorce stories. Once they get married, all your old buddies ain't no fun anymore.

  • ||

    Maybe you missed the fact that this isn't some stupid 'agenda' or 'slippery slope', but the Civil Rights cause of our generation?

  • ||

    Just think, in 20 yrs. you can look back on this and laugh at our ignorance, just like school segregation and affirmative action!

  • Michael Ejercito||

    A civil right is a right "deeply rooted in our Nation's History and Tradition" Washington v. Glucksberg, 521 U.S. 702 at 721 (1997) Recognition under common law was an esstnaital feature. Glucksberg, 521 U.S. at 727 Is same-sex "marriage" so deeply rooted?

  • Tony||

    A real man knows when he's lost.

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    I will simply mention the polls indicating that ENDA is *more* popular than SSM. If the latter is overwhelmingly popular, so is the former.

  • Doctor Whom||

    there are millions and millions of Americans who believe that the people should be allowed to vote on this matter.

    I thought that that talking point had been memory-holed in 2012. In fact, some people wasted no time doing a 180 and suddenly decided that morality should not be subject to popular whim.

  • Fatwa Arbuckle||

    Some attendees were disappointed that an organization known as NOM did not, in fact, provide delicious comestibles and departed early

  • Geoff Nathan||

    That is all.

  • Doctor Whom||

    "Where's the food served by people dressed as Facebook cat memes?"

  • Fatwa Arbuckle||

    They ran out of LOL-lipops?

  • Swiss Servator, CH yeah!||

    Yeah, I was disappointed nobody made a NOM-NOM-NOM! joke. Thank you for filling in!



  • Heroic Mulatto||


    Manwife is based on the belief that some biological males have more than just male feelings and desires. While these guys have feelings and desires (such as nurturing) commonly thought to only belong to women/females, they often aren't the caricatures of females as expressed among some gay men. These guys might be a buddy next to you who seems like he might go for females. He might even be a professional, athlete or working class and hate housework.

    Manwife is based on the belief that guys can be attracted to and love each other because of their different but complimentary characteristics similar to male-female relationships. This is enjoyed without the need to be physically or biologically different. The difference is in the mind... the actual thoughts and feelings as well as the role games that spice up the love and sex life between two guys.

  • Rhywun||


  • WDATPDIM!?||

    Is it just me, or shouldn't an event termed "March on Marriage" be something attacking marriage, or intended to intimidate marriage? I mean, the 1963 March on Washington wasn't pro-Washington.

  • Michael Ejercito||

    As long as SSM was perceived as something solely promoted by radical leftist ideologues, it was not going top gain public support. It took Vice President Dick Cheney to convince people to even consider the pro-SSM arguments.

  • Azathoth!!||

    I suspect attendence was low because it's been made very clear, in recent months, that just smiling at these people can cost one their livelihood.


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