The National Organization of Marriage (NOM) held a rally in St. Louis yesterday as part of their nationwide bus tour claiming incoherently that two loving same-sex partners getting married would somehow destroy the family unit. In preparation for the rally, tea partier and former state senator John Loudon said that gay people should quit complaining and move to a state that allows gay marriage, and his wife Gina Loudon (also a tea party leader) compared the right for same sex partners to get married to a person marrying an animal.
Unfortunately for the Loudons, and fortunately for the rest of us, St. Louis sent a strong message yesterday that we believe in equal rights for all, including of course the right for same sex partners to get married. The NOM/Loudons' rally only attracted a puny crowd of about 40 (probably all from the bus), while the counter-protest (organized by PROMO, Faith Aloud, and Show Me No Hate) gathered at least 215 people (at one count: other people said that the crowd grew to over 300 later in the event). So there were at least 5 times more counter-protesters than there were protesters at NOM's event. Below are some photos from the pro-love side of the event, stolen from Ella:
Here's a Vital Voice article about the rally, and below is a Fox 2 video.
Nice job St. Louis! Even if it's maddeningly slow, we (and the rest of the country) are moving in the right direction!