National Organization for Marriage to Protest Same-Sex Weddings Statewide this Sunday

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Brian Brown (right), the President of NOM, marching with Sen. Ruben Diaz
This whole week, we at Runnin' Scared are happy to bring you stories in our "Countdown to SSM" series, as we talk to New Yorkers leading up to the big day when marriage equality comes to all. Yesterday we shared news that the very first same-sex couple to wed just after midnight on July 24, grandmothers of 12 Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd, will be hitched in front of rainbow lit Niagara Falls.

Today, it's a slightly different tale, as we share how the National Organization for Marriage will spend July 24 protesting marriage equality around the state.

While LGBT couples -- many of whom have been together for decades -- are celebrating the right to finally marry the person they love, and for their families to enjoy the same civil rights all other New Yorkers enjoy, NOM will be out in force trying to rain on their big day. According to their press release, "Thousands of concerned citizens statewide are expected to turn out to demand a vote on marriage. Marches and rallies will be held in Manhattan, Albany, Buffalo and Rochester."

Fortunately, for those interested in countering what NOM has to say on the big day, their PR flack provided exact locations for their protests:

Manhattan
Governor Cuomo's Office
633 3rd Ave.

Albany
West Capitol Park
South Swan St. and State St.

Rochester
Liberty Pole
East Ave. and East Main St.

Buffalo
Buffalo City Hall
65 Niagara Sq # 201

It shows a certain level of good taste (or, more likely, cowardice) that NOM will protest here in New York at Governor Cuomo's midtown office. They must be respecting the solemnity of those exercising their new civil rights chickening out by not walking into the lion's den and going to any of the five borough offices where people will actually be getting married.

Also interesting: we recently got an email from Louis Marinelli, NOM's former communications guru, who this week set up NOME - the National Organization for Marriage Equality.

We have tried to contact NOM via email, phone and twitter to get an interview with Brian Brown. We're all ears to hear your side, NOM!

sthrasher@villagevoice.com | @steven_thrasher


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Why one of the two thieves hanged withJesus choose to go to Hell

Leviticus 18:21-24 KJV  And thoushalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech,neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.  (22) Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it isabomination.  (23)  Neither shalt thou lie with any beastto defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before abeast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.  (24)  Defilenot ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these thenations are defiled which I cast out before you

In that era at the part of the worldit would've been well known to people that any violation wouldprohibit a person from being welcomed by God into paradise.

Matthew 27:38-44 MKJV  Then twothieves were crucified with Him, one off the right, one off the left. (39)  And those who passed by blasphemed Him, shakingtheir heads,  (40)  and saying, You destroying the templeand building it in three days, save yourself. If you are the Son ofGod, come down from the cross.  (41)  And in the same wayalso the chief priests mocked, with the scribes and elders, saying, (42)  He saved others, but he cannot save himself. If heis the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and wewill believe him.  (43)  He trusted in God, let Him deliverHim now, if He will have Him. (For He said, I am the Son of God.) (44)  And also the thieves who were crucified with Himreviled Him, saying the same.

The chief priests mocked him sayingthat they doubt that God would have Jesus, if that was the generalconsensus amongst Elders, scribes, and chief priests there could beno doubt about homosexuals being unwelcome by God.

Luke 23:39-43 MKJV  And one of thehanged criminals blasphemed Him, saying, If you are Christ, saveYourself and us.  (40)  But answering, the other rebukedhim, saying, Do you not fear God, since you are in the samecondemnation.  (41)  And we indeed justly so, for wereceive the due reward of our deeds, but this Man has done nothingamiss.  (42)  And he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me whenYou come into Your kingdom.  (43)  And Jesus said to him,Truly I say to you, Today you shall be with Me in Paradise.

One of the hanged criminals asked tobe free of his punishment, not a place in Paradise with Jesus. It ishere where the criminal gives away that he has no doubt that he isbeyond saving. He continues to blaspheme Jesus instead of showingfear of God.

Mark 15:27-32 MKJV And with Him they crucified two thieves, the one off the right,and one off the left.  (28)  And the Scripture wasfulfilled which said, "And he was numbered with the lawless." (29)  And those who passed by blasphemed Him, waggingtheir heads and saying, Aha! You razing the temple and building it inthree days,  (30)  save yourself and come down from thecross!  (31)  And also the chief priests mocking, with thescribes, said to one another, He saved others but he cannot savehimself.  (32)  Let Christ the King of Israel now come downfrom the cross, so that we may see and believe. And they who werecrucified with Him insulted Him.

Here the scribes testify to Jesussaving others, but only one of the hanged thieves shows fear of God. It is here where the thief who goes to hell by choice shows that hehad already accepted that he would not be welcomed by God.

This is a private interpretation andis inspired by the Three Crosses placed alongside the highway inMid-Michigan during the late 80's-early90's, by a person who made apilgrimage to Jerusalem, while never declaring a reason what the actof the display meant.

 

nygm
nygm

There are two kingdoms in this world, The kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness.  In the kingdom of darkness man is the measure of all things and everyone does what is right in his own eyes. In the kingdom of light our Creator rules, and what delights His heart delights ours and what is an abomination in His eyes is an abomination in ours. 

In the kingdom of God the sexual sins of fornication, adultery, beastiality, child molestation and the unnatural sin of homosexuality are to be repented of as men pursue the likeness of Christ.

Thank God that the gospel of His Son has the answer to all of our sin.  There is nothing more glorious than the representative righteousness and death of Jesus the Messiah.

FedSec
FedSec

Funny...I was always taught that the glory was in His resurrection because that meant the price for our sins had been paid. Strange what people glean from Christianity these days...

nygm
nygm

Thanks for the emphasis on the resurrection.  It is Christ's resurrection power that enables the believer to live a new life. Many an individual has gotten victory over additive sexual sin through the power of Christ.

The resurrection is the Father's stamp of approval on the righteousness and vicarious death of Christ.

Geo
Geo

If you show up to protest NOM, make sure and bring a bunch of signs that say things like "Who's Funding NOM?" and "Investigate NOM for Criminal Campaign Finance Violations" and "Why Won't NOM Tell Us Who's Giving Them Money?" and if by chance you should talk to a reporter, be sure and raise the issue of NOM's funding, their constant breaking of campaign law even after they've been ordered by courts to comply, and why they keep engaging in criminal behavior. Demand to know "Where's the donor's list?" as NOM is legally obligated to provide, and in state after state refuse to do so, even after they've been ordered to by the courts.  Does Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown get to use their bigoted phony front as their own personal slush fund, or do we start demanding that they be held to the exact same laws as everyone else?

Marc M.
Marc M.

It's funny how this photo of anti-gay bigots actually looks like a photo of a same sex couple on their wedding day!  And come on...Brian Brown looks particularly fay in that picture!

Tired of the Bull
Tired of the Bull

 There were irregular and illegal procedures to railroad this law through.  72 hours to digest the bill when they were only given 2 hours and no time limits on debate when they were limited to 2 minutes are just 2 of them.  Add to that, the reps WERE LOCKED IN and then tell me 'Swartslaura' , "It has been approved".  Congress CAN vote for this to go to an amendment.  One-person, one-vote. If it passes then you can say 'it has been approved'  

Desertkingseattle
Desertkingseattle

Ooooh, politicians decided for the good of their constituents and stopped pulling that Republican Anti-American theocrat-fascist cr*p and now that's all bad??? Welcome to the 21st century New York!!!

Swartslaura
Swartslaura

I am truly ashamed to be (originally) from one of the cities that will be hosting a march of protest against same sex marriage! Shame on you Rochester!! It has been approved....deal with it!!! Leave these people in peace to enjoy their big day!!

mirele
mirele

NOMbags. That is all.

MarleenT
MarleenT

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j
j

This was in the parish bulletin of the Catholic church where I take my elderly widowed mother each week:

RESPECT LIFEFading Religious Freedom(Part 1 of 2)Following are excerpts from an address delivered byDenver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput in June to theCatholic Social Workers Association. See http://www.ncregister.com/site/print_... Beginningwith the proposition that “what we do we become”, hewent on to speak of institutional identity:We need to realize that what applies to individualscan apply just as easily to institutions and organizations.The more that Catholic universities or hospitalsmute their religious identity, the more that Catholicsocial ministries weaken their religious character,the less “Catholic” they are, and the less useful tothe Gospel they become.The state, he continued, ought not interfere with theproper exercise of basic rights by religious communities.The individual is sacred but not sovereign. ForCatholics, every human person — no matter howdisabled, poor or flawed — has a unique, inviolabledignity. That “sanctity of life” and the basicrights that go with it begin at conception andcontinue through natural death.But civil society consists not just of autonomousindividuals. It also consists of communities. Thosecommunities also have rights. Catholic institutionsare extensions of the Catholic community andCatholic belief. The state has no right to interferewith their legitimate work, even when it claims toact in the name of individuals unhappy withCatholic teaching. The individual’s right to resentthe Church or reject her beliefs does not trump therights of the Catholic community to believe andlive according to its faith.To put it another way, Catholic ministries have theduty to faithfully embody Catholic beliefs on marriage,the family, social justice, sexuality, abortionand other important issues. And if the state refusesto allow those Catholic ministries to be faithful intheir services through legal or financial bullying,then as a matter of integrity, they should end theirservices.Consider these remarks in the context of recent effortsby federal and state governments to force Americans tosubsidize human stem cell destruction, deny financialsupport to Catholic social agencies which decline, forreligious reasons, to place foster and adoptive childrenin the homes of adult same-sex partners and terminatethe licenses of pharmacists who decline to sell abortificients.

Scott Rose
Scott Rose

It's so unfair to vicious gay-bashing bigots that anti-gay discrimination in marriage is coming to an end!   How could anybody expect them to have anything better to do than to protest this coming Sunday?  It's not as if there were any soup kitchens in need of volunteers to help feed the poor, you know!  And even if there were, why would Maggie Gallagher, Brian Brown and Reverend Ruben Diaz want to help feed the poor, when they could instead by doing the more important work of protesting the end of sexual orientation apartheid?  I actually did call the confused Senator/Reverend/Whatssit's office, and asked, why does Senator Diaz think it's more important to protest equality than to help feed the poor?  His staffer told me "Because the Senator is a Reverend, and he is bound by the Bible."  So if you are in Senator Diaz's district on Sunday, and happen to see any homeless people on the streets, or poor people obviously in need of better assistance - remember - their State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz couldn't be there to help them, because he is bound by the Bible to protest love.

Scott Rose
Scott Rose

If you were a municipal cesspool, you couldn't possibly be more full of shit that NOM's Maggie Gallagher.  Her fraudulent and oft-repeated claim that marriage equality "diminishes" her marriage is like my saying that her grotesque obesity diminishes my thinness.   

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