It was my first time this far north into Minnesota and it was great to have the opportunity to be there, to meet the people and to speak with them about why they need to stand up for marriage.
I had come to Minnesota a few years back but stayed in the Minneapolis area, visited the Mall of America and had dinner at a Russian restaurant in Saint Paul.
Anyway, the message was particularly important for the people of Minnesota because activists pushing the homosexual agenda have opened multiple fronts in the legislative branch, are working hard to elect a sympathetic governor this year and they are trying to legalize same-sex marriage through the judicary as well.
That is why our message today focused on educating the public about the imminent threat that marriage is facing here.
Unlike some other states, the threat is imminent here and the elections this November may very well be the most important elections for the state of Minnesota in terms of protecting things like marriage, life and family. That is the message Chuck Darrel of the Minnesota Family Council delivered to our rally of over two hundred.
Chuck did a great job of demonstrating the urgency of the issue and of motiviating the crowd to take action. Chuck was also with us in Saint Paul yesterday in front of the Minnesota State Capitol but I still need to confirm whether or not he will be with us tomorrow in Rochester, MN. I will update on that later on.
Like I mentioned, we had at least two hundred attendees today and the best part is that they were an active crowd. You could sense that they were engaged and excited to be there and I know that when they left our rally today they were going to go home and spread the word. I remember one man who I was standing next to for a period of time who wanted to know how he could organize a GOTV effort within his church, as one of our speakers suggested to the crowd as a way of taking action.
He came to our rally today, wore our marriage sticker and explained to the man how he could set up a group to get out the vote. It was great to meet Mr. Gottwalt.
So again we signed up a bunch of new supporters, handed out hundreds of stickers, buttons and pens. We also had bumper stickers this time - one with the NOM logo alone and the other with the NOM logo and "National Organization for Marriage" written under it.
As for the protesters, there were enough to count on one hand and they stayed closer to the street, held and few signs and kept to themselves. They weren't an issue.
Our stalkers from California were lurking around our crowd, though. They too basically kept to themselves. One of them sat on the grass typing away at her computer and the other had his nose in his camera for the majority of the rally.
I am encouraged. We've had two rallies without a disrespectful group of protesters. It's off to Rochester.