August 3, 2010
By Arisha Michelle Hatch
Today we’re in Sioux City, in Western Iowa near the confluence of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. 64 equality supporters, many with young children, joined One Iowa for a rally at Anderson Dance Pavilion in front of the Missouri River.
“When we travel we take our marriage license with us,” said Linda Wildeman, a Sioux City resident. “I’m not sure that all married couples have to do that.”
The NOM rally will be starting in 30 minutes down the road at a local church. Stay with us to find out whether NOM was able to turn out its supporters in Sioux City; if the 12-person anti-choice protest at the Planned Parenthood next to our hotel is any indication, it should be a very interesting NOM rally today.
UPDATE BY ADAM (10:36 PST): Phyllis just radioed in from the NOM rally- a hand-count of 53 NOM supporters have turned out. Once again, it appears NOM has been out-rallied- even in one of the more conservative parts of the state. And you’ll never guess where they held the rally.
Wait for it:
I feel like NOM needs a little Camp Courage in their life. They could learn some organizing skills!
UPDATE BY ADAM (10:40 PST): Check out this coverage of a really wonderful and positive service/rally held this past Sunday in the First Unitarian Church in Sioux City.
According to the piece, five churches in Sioux City perform same-sex marriages. Or what Louis (hi, Louis!) might call MINO’s (Marriages In Name Only).
UPDATE BY ARISHA (10:51 PST): I see Danny Carroll has taken the baton from Louis.
“There is no such thing as same sex marriage.” said Danny Carroll to a crowd of 54 attending a NOM rally at Morningside Assembly of God church. “It’s a fabrication.”
Six equality supporters stood silently behind the rally with signs.
Brian Brown in his opening acknowledged that Iowa equality activists had been “more civil.”
In his speech, Carroll pointed to Brian’s earlier comment.
“I believe their strategy is to lay low, Carroll said. “They don’t need to attract unfriendly press….. They’re taking it easy. …Things are going their way. …They’re hoping you will forget.”