NOM is on the road to protect (some people's) marriage!

I don't know if you've been following the NOM Blog recently but the National Organization for (Hetero-Only) Marriage is going on a National Tour! (And by national, I mean just the eastern US -- I know, I was hoping they'd actually come to California, instead of spending lots of money on our politics). Their recent blog post basically covers three things:
  • People were very excited about "protecting marriage" and NOM had great turnout at their rallies.
  • Gay marriage bloggers are jealous, and they're a bunch of liars. But no, we won't bother linking to any of those blogs because you might be exposed to some intelligent ideas that we don't really want you to hear because you don't need to see those lies for yourself, you can trust NOM. (I mean, if you're going to accuse bloggers of lying, you ought to at least link to their blog so that your readers can see for themselves, and the accused have a chance to defend themselves. Right?)
  • There were some protesters at the NOM rallies but they were silly and ineffective. No mention of what the protesters' signs said (though you can see a few pictures on their flickr page) or the fact they were from an actual established group, rather than just a bunch of randoms.
It's almost as though one of NOM's main goals on this tour is to draw the attention of gay marriage supporters -- to bring out protesters who are still angry about their right to marry being taken away. All it takes is one or two people angry enough to shout over NOM's rallies, or with signs that imply NOM is bigoted or hateful, and all of a sudden, they'll be the victims. The poor, tiny, grassroots, average Americans, just trying to stand up for tradition and common sense against the big bad oppressive super-powerful atheist family-hating gay lobby.

Here on the internet, we call them trolls. The first evidence I saw of this, was this tweet from a couple of days ago: "Brian: On our way to Albany. Car just swerved to cut us off and gave hand gesture. Got tolerance? #nom". So I want to reiterate what I said on twitter: As a supporter of marriage equality, you should get out there and make your voice heard. Make signs, carry rainbow umbrellas, draw attention to the issue from all over the place, talk to your friends and family about why marriage is important for you or the same-sex couples in your life. But please, PLEASE don't do anything that will help NOM and other anti-gay-marriage groups to play the victim. They thrive on that, so let's not give them any more assistance than they already get. You know, "Don't feed the troll."

Of course, maybe I'm overreacting. As my friend Jonathan said, "@tbreisacher Maybe it wasnt even a marriage equality believer. Maybe the nom car driver is a shitty driver..."


Jonathan Meyer said...

You're definitely not overreacting. Their continued efforts to be one-sided and to keep a closed forum by censoring comments and providing no links that could bring up a true discussion about the issue should make people cringe. Even supporters of NOM, if they actually care about education and about legal issues, should be upset about the method in which they work. I guess that shows the demographic to which they are pandering.

Fight on! Fuck the bigots!

Deanna Maxfield said...

"Pity us, the straight, white Christians of America! We're being oppressed!"

Chrispy said...

Yup, today we have them claiming 'white martyrdom' (meaning no-death-involved, not race, thankfully) because of yelling protesters. Passion is great, anger is bad.

It doesn't feel fair to me, which is frustrating. Why shouldn't those treated differently by the law, in a diminuitive minority, be allowed to be a bit angry? As Deanna said, it's just not fair for White Christians to play the victim card, especially over something which has no bearing at all on their own sacred union.

None of this breaks new ground, obviously, but it gets me a wee bit riled up at work.