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Hate-a-Palooza: NOM to Kick Off 'Summer for Marriage Tour' in Maine


Baptist minister Bob Emrich, one of the major forces behind the "Yes on 1" campaign in Maine which successfully blocked the state's marriage equality law, is clucking that Augusta is the first stop on the National Organization for Marriage's (NOM) 19-city hate-a-palooza for "traditional marriage."

The Press Herald reports:

"Bob Emrich, a Baptist minister and one of two men who led the successful repeal of Maine's gay marriage law in November, is the local organizer. He's working with the National Organization for Marriage on the Maine rally. 'I keep hearing all the time about how marriage is going to come up again (in the Legislature),' he said. 'I thought it would be a good idea to remind people.'"

NOM's return to Maine isn't pleasing equality advocates, particularly because the group is under investigation for its fundraising tactics:

"[Equality Maine's Betsy] Smith said she doesn't think it's right that the National Organization for Marriage, which contributed nearly $2 million to the repeal effort, is planning to come back to Maine. The group has filed suit in state and federal court to object to Maine's campaign finance laws, which require disclosure of donor names. 'Here NOM is, a national organization out of New Jersey, coming to Maine once again to tell Mainers they should not support fairness and equality for their gay and lesbian neighbors,' she said. Emrich said NOM's executive director, Brian Brown, asked if Maine could be part of the tour. A group called Protect Marriage: One Man, One Woman helps raise money for NOM and included a message about the tour on its website."

In related news, Jeremy at Good As You has put together some fascinating connections between this tour, NOM, and anti-gay activist Louis Marinelli.

After Maine, NOM's hatefest will continue to 18 other cities. Map above. Schedule,


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  1. Somehow I don't think they're going to get very far in Madison, WI. More likely they'll be chased out of town.

    Posted by: dreamfish | Jun 29, 2010 8:21:49 AM

  2. Can everyone reading this post please pledge to attend and/or help organize a protest if they are near or live in one of the cities on this Tour O' Hate?

    Posted by: fred | Jun 29, 2010 9:34:58 AM

  3. @Dreamfish: "I don't think they're going to get very far in Madison, WI."

    Obviously, you've never traveled west of the Target on Mineral Point Road or north of the airport. It's all cows and bleevers in jeebus. They'll be driving from far and wide to see the NOMaggots and to "protect the children."

    Posted by: JW | Jun 29, 2010 9:53:35 AM

  4. they can drive from here to tim-buck-two....they WILL BE seen yrs from now as being Equal to well known racist/bigot & discriminator George may take awhile, but they will be....ahh what a glorious day that will be!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jun 29, 2010 10:49:29 AM

  5. YOU have got to be kidding me with their schedule! The day I fly into Albany on my way to visit relatives is the day the hold a rally, you have got to be kidding!!

    Posted by: Dodge_Man | Jun 29, 2010 12:03:45 PM

  6. i hope the wheels fall off their fucking bus and they end up in a river somewhere. then they could really be baptised.

    Posted by: walter | Jun 29, 2010 12:34:26 PM

  7. I find it odd that they are going to make a stop in St. Cloud, MN - such a small town compared to the other ones, and it's in Michele Bachmann's district... I don't think they have too many people to convince up there :)

    Posted by: J.D. | Jun 29, 2010 1:25:01 PM

  8. I like how they completely sidestep the state of Massachusetts. At least someone at NOM knows better than to step foot into our state.

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 29, 2010 2:46:57 PM

  9. I looked at their schedule. What a joke. They are coming to these cities to visit for ONE HOUR! All they are going to be doing is preaching to the choir. Who is going to even know about this tour except for the people on the NOM mailing list anyway?

    Posted by: AidenRaccoon | Jun 29, 2010 3:20:45 PM

  10. The tour is very selective, they hit the state capitols when the state has major metropolitan ares that are gay friendly and not when it behooves them to stay away, see eg.: Boston. I am not surprised that NYC, Portland, Chicago, Philadelphia, etc are also bypassed. No matter how they spin the counter demonstrations, they would have trouble in these cities, as their numbers would be negligible compared to the counter demonstrators.

    Posted by: Cookie | Jul 21, 2010 10:13:59 AM

  11. I'll be one of those counter protesters in Harrisburg, PA. Hope to see a lot of people out there with me!

    Posted by: Jeff K. | Jul 21, 2010 4:46:49 PM

  12. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) will be coming to St. Cloud on Thursday, July 29, 2010 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm at the Granite City Baptist Church. For those of you who do not know about this organization or the church that is hosting them, they promote messages of fear, ignorance, and campaign for legislation that would deter marriage rights from GLBT communities across the country. Minnesota is one of their biggest t...argets on the agenda... NOM is spending $200,000 in televised advertisement campaigns alone.

    As members of a society who support human rights and equality, we have decided to March against such a primitive message and promote freedom, equality, and love.

    The march will begin near SCSU campus assembling at Barden Park at 12:00pm on Thursday, July 29. From here we will march, skip, swash-buckle, swing, waddle, swagger, dance, (whichever suits) to Highway 15 and back again.

    Posted by: Justin Michael | Jul 26, 2010 10:55:39 AM

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