Early this morning we set out for Manchester, New Hampshire from Maine and we arrived in the host city of our second rally of the Summer for Marriage Tour just before 10:00 AM. We arrived even before our local partners with the New Hampshire Family Policy Council so I enjoyed a chocolate glazed doughnut and grape juice from the little shop across from City Hall and enjoyed the early morning sun for my first time in New Hampshire.
Then we got to work and everything went pretty smoothly which gave us time to play some music prior to the rally, which started on time at noon with an introduction by Brian Brown who gave a very charismatic speech about how we will not tolerate being labled as bigots for standing up for what we believe in.
He then drew our attention to the fledging group of activists of the homosexual agenda assembled in the back.
"Now throughout this debate we've heard alot of name-calling. We've always stood up for the dignity of all persons. We've always stood up for the love and respect of all persons. We've always stood up for basic civility."
He received great applause from a crowd of marriage supporters that had quicky grown to over 150.
That is the kind of civility that I talk about all the time.
There is no reason why people from polar opposites of an issue even as contentious as this can't be civil and respectful towards one another and we saw that today in Manchester.
When Dr. Morse uploads the audio of her speech to her blog, we will include the link here.
Kenneth Smith, the President of the New Hampshire Family Policy Council also joined us and spoke today.
He reminded those in attendance that the power to control what happens in the next election lies with them. He made a special point about John Lynch and how Lynch lied about gay marriage when he campaiged against it and then turned around signed the gay marriage bill into law.
Pastor Thomas Peetz of the Word of Life Christian Fellowship of Concord, NH also attended and spoke at our rally.
Tomorrow morning we are heading out of New Hampshire for our Saturday rally in Albany, NY at the Capital Building there. That rally is followed by our fourth stop which will take place in Providence, RI.