The National Organization for Marriage is getting ready for it's 6000+ mile road trip across the eastern half of the United States where we will be holding rallies in seventeen different states from Maine to Minnesota, from Florida to the District of Columbia. The first rally, which is being held in Augusta, Maine on the 14th of July is less than a week away.
Right now, however, the work is centered in the greater Atlanta region, where the NOM RV is being wrapped with the NOM logo and prepared for the marriage tour. The RV is expected to be ready by Saturday morning.
That leaves only Louis Marinelli in Atlanta to finish up preparations with the RV before he drives it up the east coast to Connecticut, where he'll be meeting up with Brian Brown and his family before continuing onto Augusta for the kick-off rally.
Reaction to NOM presence has been mixed here in Atlanta but has been more positive than negative. Yesterday, a handful of teenagers packed into a small white car beside the NOM van at a red light took notice of the van's exterior design which reads "Protecting Marriage Between One Man and One Woman".
"Hey, you guys are against gay marriage!" one girl yelled out, calling the NOM van to the attention of her friends, who proceeded to yell out vulgarities and show their middle fingers to us. Then they got camera shy when Louis started taking photos of them from inside the van. The girl in the front passenger side tried to cover her face.
On the other hand, the majority of responses thus far have been signs of support in the form of a thumbs up or a simple wave from passing drivers.
Although NOM is currently in Atlanta for preparations, we will be returning on the Marriage Tour to hold a rally on August 7th, 2010. For more information, including location and time information, see the Summer for Marriage Tour website.