August 10, 2010
by Arisha Michelle Hatch
After wading through 255 equality activists and 61 NOM supporters, I arrived at the from of the “One Man, One Woman” rally in Raleigh just in time to hear Brian Brown describe my interview with Dr. Alveda King as a “meltdown.”
Two minutes after his speech ended I approached Brown with my Flipcam.
“Did you just say I had a meltdown?”
It’s clear to me after four weeks that Brown’s knee-jerk reaction is to lie.
“Maybe I should have used a different word,” Brown stuttered 20 seconds later. I thought “she touched your heart.”
Is that what you really think, Brian, or is that a lie too?
Mary Forrester, a representative for Concerned Women for America (and wife to a NC state senator) is speaking now.
UPDATE BY ARISHA (10:41 PST): Pastor Olden Thornton just asked NOM supporters to face the counter-protesters across the street and join him in a prayer. The 60 or so attendees turned holding their arms in the air.
“We love you. We love you,” he repeated to close his prayer.
UPDATE BY ADAM (10:56 PST): Some more photos in from Raleigh, courtesy of Phyllis:
Brian Brown urged supporters this afternoon to stand and urge their legislators to support a constitutional amendment to protect marriage: “If you move forward with a marriage amendment in North Carolina, you will show the government where we stand.” The way will not always be easy, however: “In Atlanta, some attempted to attack Dr. Alveda King and smear her — she greeted it with love.”
UPDATE BY ADAM (1:56 PST): The inimitable Pam Spaulding from Pam’s House Blend!:
Contrast that with the Kiekegard family:
I’d like Joann to meet the Kiekgards. Those don’t exactly look like “unhappy children” out on the streets.