Over 10,000 Demonstrators Usher in New Era in Gay Marriage Battle As Thousands Demand, “Let the People Vote!”


Contact: Mary Beth Hutchins or Elizabeth Ray at 703-683-5004

WASHINGTON — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today praised the more than ten thousand supporters who crowded streets and plazas in New York City, Albany Rochester and Buffalo in four simultaneous rallies to demand the Legislature give New Yorkers the right to vote on marriage, just as voters in 31 other states have been able to do. NOM estimates that well in excess of 10,000 supporters attended the four rallies.

“The crowds of supporters were just amazing,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s president. “The crowd in Manhattan was so large the NYPD asked us to begin our march early so that we could relieve overcrowding at the gathering site. By the time we reached the United Nation’s plaza, nearly 10,000 people were present. This shows that a new era in the debate about same-sex marriage has begun. It’s not about what politicians think is best, it’s about demanding that the People be given their right to be heard.”

NOM will work with other rally organizers to put a measure on the 2014 ballot to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The organization has committed $2 million toward this goal, with funding the rallies and a series of mailers into state Senate districts being the initial down payment.

“We will ask every legislative candidate – Democrat, Republican and Conservative Party – where they stand on letting the people vote on marriage,” Brown pledged. “If they aren’t willing to commit their support to putting a measure on the ballot, even if party leaders don’t agree, not only won’t they get our backing, they will get our opposition. We’re going to elect a pro-marriage Legislature in 2012.”

Brown said that NOM will help organize monthly activities to keep up public pressure and momentum for putting a marriage amendment on the ballot. “The rallies yesterday were just the beginning. Every month we’ll be calling on supporters to take action and to help us grow our coalition. Working with leaders such as Sen. Ruben Diaz, Bishop Joseph Mattera, New Yorkers for Constitutional Rights president Jason McGuire and others, we will create the largest coalition ever assembled in New York history by the time we’re done. This is a great and righteous cause.”

To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, or Maggie Gallagher, Chairman of the Board, please contact Mary Beth Hutchins (x105), [email protected], or Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.



  1. achilles Inverso
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    why not keep the campaign going until 2035? 2045? maybe spend a billion dollars?

  2. Andrew
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    My. Aren't the trolls feisty today?

    Go Marriage!

  3. Marty
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Well done NO4M! Congratulations and best wishes to everyone who made this such a great event!

  4. David
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    hahahaha - there were not 10,000 people there. Your crowd was so small it wasn't even funny - as a matter of fact they were shut out by umbrellas. Keep trying kids.

  5. Thomas Peters
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    David - what rally were you at? I was at the rally in Manhattan. It took me almost five minutes to walk from one end of the rally to the other. Ten thousand, easy.

  6. Fedele Razio
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Go NOM!

    Thank you for defending marriage, and defending the right of people with SSA to be not confused with heterosexual people.

  7. Combatvet
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Mr peters I was there also- and you may have trouble counting. There were fewer than a thousand easy.

  8. Posted July 25, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    David, even the AP called it "thousands"

    You are confusing the handful of Westboro baptist haters with the larger rally. Not your fault alot of the MSM is too.

  9. Jane
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    That's all David and his LGBT friends have got-fake challenges to the real numbers. I guess if they keep telling themselves the numbers are over inflated, they'll actually begin to believe it and feel loved by the entire universe again. It makes you wonder why they even come here if they are so secure in their victory.

  10. MarriedGayChristian
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Good luck with that whole 'we want to forcibly divorce people' thing. It shows the world the dirty underbelly of the anti-marriage culture.

  11. Lisa
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    The gay groups attack on all fronts, so must we. Just as NOM rallies on one point, groups like New Yorkers for Constitutional Rights have started on another.

    The coalition of people that see the importance of defending the meaning of real marriage between 1 man + 1 woman has begun.

    The so called inevitability argument made by ss'mers will be proven false soon. We just need to remain more resilient in our fight than the other side is in their attempts at dismantling the institution.

  12. Andrew
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    "forcibly divorce people"


    You must be on the wrong website, Mr. Christian.

  13. Little man
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    You can read on this comment thread how supporters of same-sex marriage don't want to face that people attended the rally in thousands, even though downtown streets in big cities are crowded to begin with. These demonstrations are the tip of the iceberg so to speak. When people are willing to sacrifice their weekend to voice their opinion in masses, legislators take note. Legislators don't like to take sides on controversial issues. If the media doesn't report both sides of an issue, then the people have to go out and demonstrate. Amazing that the African-Americans, who are used (as a social class) as an example of how the law used to not permit certain types of marriage, are some who attend the rallies against same-sex marriage in NY State. And not only religious people are against same-sex marriage. It breaks down all reason for civil marriage of any kind.

  14. Posted July 25, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Also James Taranto of the WSJ, even while criticizing the plausibility of overturning SSM, said he ran into the rally and it was the biggest demonstration he had ever seen in the neighborhood.

  15. Billy R. Bob
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    God Bless you Maggie, make sure you get their gold teeth if your campaign eventually succeeds to get 'em marched into the showers.

  16. Louis E.
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    I note that the WNBC reporter Ida Siegal said "maybe as many as 700"...has any representation been made to the station that this was a substantial underestlmate?

  17. Andrew
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    BTW I like the more formal name change Maggie. It suits you.

  18. Rover Serton
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    maggies's new name? I missed it.

  19. Tyler
    Posted July 26, 2011 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    I was protesting the Rochester rally, and It was quite large... especially for city that tends to be very accepting of the LGBT community. While many people at the the Let the People vote rally were respectful, a small handful were very "in the face" of the LGBT community protesting the rally. One man was shouting Leviticus at us. I was personally surrounded by creationist after the rally, telling me that being gay is a choice and that I will burn. For the most part, people were civil and simply exercising their rights to picket and protest. SSM was here to stay, but I will admit the rally really did bring a lot of people out, both LGBT and religious communities.

  20. Louis E.
    Posted July 26, 2011 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    As someone thoroughly opposed to creationism AND to "the LGBT community",I hope both extremes fade from the scene.(One stops "being gay" simply by realizing that homosexual orientation makes no difference at all to the intrinsic indefensibility of homosexual behavior,and one has no business letting it influence one's behavior or self-image).

  21. Sam Jones
    Posted July 26, 2011 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    I was at the Rochester rally as well, and the number of traditional marriage supportors was at least 500. The number of gay marriage supporters there was about 25. 30 at the most.

    Not even I expected that many people to show up to support traditional marriage, or so few to appear to support gay marriage.

  22. Badger
    Posted July 26, 2011 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    That's because the gay marriage supporters were busy attending weddings. 840 odd marriages on Sunday and say an average of 50 people at a wedding reception. That's 42000 people actively participating in gay marriages on the first day alone.

  23. afdasf
    Posted July 26, 2011 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    "God Bless you Maggie, make sure you get their gold teeth if your campaign eventually succeeds to get 'em marched into the showers."

    Did you seriously just try to compare this whole thing to the Holocaust?

  24. Posted July 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    David, even the AP called it "thousands"

    Maggie, do you have a link to the AP article?

  25. Posted July 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Maggie, do you have a link to the AP article?

    No need, the link is here

  26. Posted July 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    This should be put on a ballot just like any other issue is and voted on during a State Wide election. We can't let some Marxist Liberal judge jam diseased immorality behavior down our children's & our throats.Eric Holder on more than one occasion has failed to enforce the decisions of the Supreme court! He should resign especially after selling guns to the Mexican Cartel so they can shoot American citizens.