They’re baaaaaack: NOM launches new bus tour across California today — and the NOM Tour Tracker will cover it
September 27, 2010
“We’re puttin’ the band back together.” — Elwood Blues, Blues Brothers
By Adam Bink
So I got a phone call last week from Eden telling me about this new National Organization for Marriage-backed “Vota Tus Valores” tour across California in support of Carly Fiorina’s campaign for U.S. Senate, aiming to glorify Fiorina’s opposition to the freedom to marry, among other right-wing positions. The tour is sponsored by NOM, the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, American Principles in Action and the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List, and it kicks off today for a 10-day tour across California.
Eden said Courage was again planning to cover NOM at every stop, exposing the same hate we saw on their “Summer for Marriage” tour. For those who are new to P8TT, I had the pleasure of managing the blog during that tour coverage — which we called “NOM Tour Tracker” — and he asked if I’d be up for a second tour of duty.
The first time around when I signed on, I wrote that I did it because of what an amazing community this has become. Let me take a second to tell you why I’m doing it this time:
- The LGBT and allied movement needs spokespeople — LGBT and straight spokespeople. Just as having “out” LGBT elected officials advocating for us publicly, just as having PFLAG members out there in the community helps build straight allies, we need supporters of marriage equality at the highest levels — including the U.S. Senate.
- Building support in the Latino/a community. We still face challenges in the Latino/a community on marriage equality. This tour matters because the LGBT and allied movement cannot ignore the fastest-growing racial demographic in the country. Nearly 50 million people self-identify as Hispanic or Latino/a, the largest ethnic minority in the United States, and a demographic the U.S. Census estimates to be 30% of the population by 2050. Will they grow up in a world of NOM-fueled religious opposition to equality? Or will they grow up where their parents and teachers tell them love means respect and commitment between two people? What we do on this tour will help determine what the next generation of the Latino/a community will look like on this issue.
- NOM was embarrassed on their “Summer for Marriage” bus tour and we’re guessing this tour will be embarrassing as well. With your help, Courage’s Prop 8 Trial Tracker and allied organizations demonstrated that NOM was all bluff, outnumbering them by nearly a 3-1 margin on the “Summer for Marriage” bus tour, and demonstrating that their base is composed of radical fringe activists. We were able to push that message out into traditional and new media. This is another opportunity to strike a blow at the heart of organized anti-marriage equality opposition.
So, being the movie and music buff that I am, I could not help but turn to the 1980 cult classic Blues Brothers line: “We’re puttin’ the band back together.” As I write this, Arisha, Phyllis and Anthony are on the ground at NOM’s first tour stop in Bakersfield, and I’m setting up shop here at the blog. Eden and the rest of the team at the (virtual) Courage Batcave are firing on all cylinders and we’re ready to bring you another cuppa NOM #FAIL.
Will we see our old friends Brian Brown, Maggie Gallagher, and Louis (hi, Louis!)? Will they hold more rallies in empty parking lots? Will the fringey fringe from places like Indianapolis and Harrisburg show up?
We’re not sure, but we’re sure fixin’ to find out. We do know their rhetoric will be the same, and we’re ready to make sure they don’t get away with it.
Fasten your seatbelts!