Now Official: NOM Tour an Epic Fail
Earlier in the week there was some question about how much of a fail the NOM sponsored marriage tour was going to be. After all, their first events were in smaller states and held at noon when their supporters might be at work. So there was some question that a weekend rally might be well attended and turn out to be a rousing success. After all, New York has almost 20 million residents. And the weather today was clear and partly cloudy though probably warm for the geezers to be out in (2pm temperature 92 degrees with 39% humidity). And yet only 57 people turned out for the event. The tour is set to end in Washington DC on Sunday, August 15th with a 2pm rally.
Considering the pitiful showing so far there might be speculation that the tour will be cancelled before it reaches DC. NOM is no doubt counting on Harry Jackson to provide people where their own efforts have been a massive failure. Hope Christian Church has 3,000 members and Jackson could provide a free lunch and bus transportation to get a larger crowd than NOM can. The Sunday afternoon rally is perfectly timed to use this technique, the way he got 3-500 people to rally in Freedom Plaza against the DC marriage equality legislation. However, Jackson's events are more of a party nature with brief intermissions where pastors spew hate. There is little evidence that Jackson's last event on marriage equality, a press conference/rally in the Capitol Visitors Center, even occurred. The location of the DC event has not been announced. An outdoor rally in August is unlikely to draw a crowd.