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NOM To Protest SCOTUS Prop 8 Hearing: 'Could Be The Roe v. Wade Of Marriage'


The haters from the National Organization for Marriage announced today that they'll rally in Washington DC on March 26th, the day the Supreme Court begins hearing arguments in the Proposition 8 marrage equality case.

From their press release, via Joe.My.God:

When the Supreme Court convenes to hear oral arguments in what could be the Roe v. Wade of marriage, we'll be there — and we hope you'll be there with us!

...[We] hope that you can show up in person to stand with us on March 26th for what we pray will be an unprecedented outpouring of support for society's most fundamental and sacred institution: marriage between a man and a woman.

Together, we'll stand before the Supreme Court and make sure our voices are heard that we will not allow the dismantling of marriage by Judicial fiat to happen on our watch!

Hopefully those voices will be drowned out by the majority of Americans who support marriage equality, instead of the minority who stand by discrimination and vitriol.

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  1. Thinking back to the 60's I can't imagine anything more useless than our public protest. Let's put the money for that to better use. Can anyone think of a better use for our money? I'm sure that isn't a great challenge.

    Posted by: jleo71 | Jan 26, 2013 1:21:45 PM

  2. One major difference between Prop 8 and Roe is that there is an undoubted momentum for an increase in acceptance of marriage equality. It will not be the battleground Roe has been in the past 40 years.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 26, 2013 1:27:25 PM

  3. I look at the poster and thought it was for marriage equality. I want to stand up, and protect my marriage (from crazy right wingers), and I certainly want to protect our(everyone's)freedom to marry...

    Posted by: Critifur | Jan 26, 2013 1:28:14 PM

  4. No abortions in gay marriages.

    Posted by: Edward | Jan 26, 2013 1:32:42 PM

  5. Funerals are for the living.

    Posted by: Jess | Jan 26, 2013 1:40:07 PM

  6. Whoever compares this to Roe is an idiot. Nobody will be protesting gay marriage in 40 years because it will be seen as the same as interracial marriage.

    Posted by: Anthony | Jan 26, 2013 2:12:12 PM

  7. it really is amazing how some people refuse to see that the world only spins forward.

    they're adamant about cementing their places on the wrong side of history.

    and, yes, they'll be looked on with the same disgust people have for anti-integrationists.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 26, 2013 2:25:06 PM

  8. Rowe vs. Wade is about life and death. Gay marriage is about acceptance and validation by society, masked as "Equality"

    Posted by: Glenn | Jan 26, 2013 2:30:19 PM

  9. Kiki: The world rotates. History has no sides, and often repeats itself. Your "disgust" is a reflection of you.

    Posted by: Glenn | Jan 26, 2013 2:42:55 PM

  10. How is their protesting our rights protecting freedom?

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Jan 26, 2013 2:52:35 PM

  11. Well, if the NOM rally has the same impact in DC that their French efforts had, sounds like they will make for at least a small uptick in the percentage of those favoring equality. I suggest that they import thousands of French citizens to boost their numbers. I just know conservative Americans love to hear the French tell them what to do.

    Posted by: Damien | Jan 26, 2013 2:56:45 PM

  12. @Glenn: Gay marriage is not making you unequal it is putting our relationships on the same level as yours. That is not "masking" anything. It is, by definition, EQUALITY.

    Posted by: jleo71 | Jan 26, 2013 2:58:23 PM

  13. "Together, we'll stand before the Supreme Court and make sure our voices are heard that we will not allow the dismantling of marriage by Judicial fiat to happen on our watch!"

    If I remember correctly, the normal procedure is to file an amicus brief. It seems NOM knows as much about the judicial system as it does about marriage.

    Posted by: Hunter | Jan 26, 2013 3:35:05 PM

  14. The analogy of the gay marriage cases to Roe is only appropriate when considering the cultural-legal context within which they are happening. Roe was decided at a time when the country was divided about a woman's right to abortion, and most states had statutes placing some restrictions on abortion, but a nascent movement had started to secure abortion rights through the legislative process. Roe created a backlash, galvanizing the anti-abortion movement. While such an outcome is possible in the short term with gay marriage, the demographic difference on gay marriage is that younger people are overwhelmingly pro-marriage equality. By contrast, abortion opposition is fairly robust across age and other demographic cohorts.

    The key legal difference between the cases, however, is that Roe relied on what even liberal scholars view as judicial overreach by creating a penumbral privacy right emanating from the 14th Amendment Due Process Clause, against which the state interest could be balanced. By contrast, marriage has already been termed a fundamental right in prior SCOTUS cases. The only judicial stretch of constitutional interpretation would be in establishing sexuality as a dimension upon which a suspect or quasi-suspect classification can be made. But the 14th Amendment analysis would be well within that used in myriad other cases.

    Posted by: Stefan | Jan 26, 2013 3:43:32 PM

  15. Equal to what?

    Posted by: Glenn | Jan 26, 2013 4:09:44 PM

  16. "Glenn" (ha) is either being deliberately obtuse or is the product of inbreeding.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 26, 2013 4:15:40 PM

  17. Only Satan tries to stop love and marriage between two people who love one another.

    Posted by: Loverboy | Jan 26, 2013 4:22:43 PM

  18. "Protecting freedom?" Yes..protect our freedom to hate and discriminate...

    Posted by: Jim Stone | Jan 26, 2013 4:35:33 PM

  19. Hey Glenn..I can smell a closet case a mile away... Tell us..what are your favorite gay porn sites?

    Posted by: Jim Stone | Jan 26, 2013 4:38:19 PM

  20. I'm not so sure protesting outside the supreme court is in their best interest. Do they really want to give the justices a front row seat to how they treat other people? Isn't that like shooting someone on New Year's Eve in Time Square while a national channel is broadcasting it live to the country?

    Posted by: Garst | Jan 26, 2013 5:07:39 PM

  21. They protest because Scotus takes up the cases? If the supreme Court doesn't hear the cases, the lower court decisions will stand. That would be a nightmare for NOM. They should celebrate the court decision instead. At least they still get a last chance.

    Posted by: simon | Jan 26, 2013 6:53:28 PM

  22. Wow, out come the same tired cliches. If you always reach for the wrong weapons, you'll never win the war. My comments require more thought than you are capable of understanding.

    Posted by: Glenn | Jan 26, 2013 8:51:17 PM

  23. "Gay marriage is about acceptance and validation by society, masked as 'Equality'"

    Wrong, @Glenn. While validation and acceptance are natural by-products of equality, they aren't the reasons for equality. Equality is its own reason, no masking required. It isn't really about "gay marriage" at all--it's about marriage, period. And the question is whether gay couples should have the same freedom to marry as straight couples and whether legally married gay couples should have the same federal recognition as married straight couples. That is equality. And it is supported by the Constitution. Whether NOM-types ever accept it, or not, is not of consequence. They're on their way out to pasture.

    They can hold their dinosaur rally, but that won't change the fact that the trajectory on marriage equality is in our favor, and since younger generations already overwhelmingly support equality, a Roe v. Wadeish backlash is purely a product of their desperate imaginations.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 26, 2013 9:00:35 PM

  24. Glenn, your comments require the same small amount of thought to understand that you put into them. Marriage equality is about, well, having equal rights. Acceptance and validation by society has gone up, and will continue to.

    Posted by: Alan | Jan 26, 2013 9:05:30 PM

  25. There will probably be a contingent that wants to have a counter march. May I suggest that a mass wedding would gather more media and have a bigger effect. Groups marching in DC are a dime a dozen and get little notice.

    March4Marriage vs. Marry in March

    Posted by: Charlie | Jan 26, 2013 9:41:09 PM

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