The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is conducting a summer tour of twenty-three cities promoting the traditional sense of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. As might be expected, a small but highly vocal segment of the population doesn’t like it, as Brian S. Brown of NOM observes:
They’ve come to our peaceful marriage rallies in city after city to harass and intimidate us. We’ve seen men harass a nursing mother, refusing her request to feed her children in private and instead stare at her and block her ability to watch our rally from a safe distance. We’ve seen protestors draped in the rainbow flag storm the stage and scream, red-faced into the microphone to prevent our speakers from talking. We’ve seen them bait a five year old child, asking her if she’s being raised by her mother to be a bigot. We’ve even heard a gay marriage supporter threaten to kidnap a child in attendance at a rally.
The protesters are composed of the usual suspects, the allegedly politically oppressed and socially persecuted darlings of the liberal-progressive establishment media. As usual, these people pour scorn on traditional institutions and their representatives, and they consider their opponents to be unworthy of normal manners, common decency, and the right to address one another in public, as Brown notes:
We were honored to have Bishop Robert Morlino of the Diocese of Madison address the crowd. Bishop Morlino spoke of the need to love one another even as we disagree on the issue of same-sex marriage. Yet when he led the crowd in the Lord’s Prayer, the gay marriage radicals screamed and booed him. This is the face of intolerance. Isn’t it something when people who so loudly demand tolerance from everybody else, show such intolerance for those who simply wish to pray to God for the preservation of His sacred institution? [Video is available]
The National Organization for Marriage isn’t a hate group, Brown says, because
at every rally we make it clear that our fight is not with gay Americans, it is with a bad idea. The Lord teaches us that we are to love all His children. We approach the issue of marriage from the perspective of love.
National Organization for Marriage homepage.
Video of Bishop Morlino being harassed in prayer.