The so-called National Organization of Marriage has spent the summer traveling across the country holding (poorly-attended) rallies in support of marriage inequality, so when they made a stop in Raleigh this morning, Equality NC Executive Director Ian Palmquist and I decided to go over and check out the counter-protest.
Here's a picture of one group (it went down the block too far to get everyone in one shot!):
Equality NC did not organize the counter-protest, which included more than 100 people, but Ian made himself available to local press to make sure there would be a marriage equality perspective to the stories.
Here's a picture of the NOM lectern before they arrived...
...and here's the area after the NOM people came out (as it were). Yes, that is a sign that says "Straight Pride" attached to a baseball bat. It's probably a good thing the police were there!
No baseball bats for this guy...
...or these people:
Several families brought their children. This kid has a future in sign making...
... but he will never reach the sign-making heights of this woman:
It was nice to see some many people take some time off work to come out and support the cause of marriage equality in North Carolina.