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NOM Holding NY "Marriage Rallies" To Oppose Equality

July 21, 2011 11:23 am ET by Matt Gertz

This Sunday, New York will for the first time begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the wake of the state's historic passage last month of marriage equality legislation. It is "anticipated to be the busiest day in history" for the distribution of licenses in New York City. After receiving thousands of license applications online, the City Clerk's Office is capping the number of marriages that will be allowed at a record level and instituting a lottery to determine who will receive a license.

But the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) will not be celebrating the marriages of thousands of New Yorkers. Instead, they will be holding protests across the state to attack marriage equality and demand its repeal. According to NOM, the "simultaneous rallies in Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and Manhattan" will "put Governor Cuomo and the political establishment on notice that the same-sex marriage debate is far from over."

The rallies are part of NOM's "Let the People Vote!" campaign, which argues that "Governor Cuomo and the New York Legislature imposed same-sex marriage on New York with no vote of the people. Voters in 31 other states have been able to decide the definition of marriage for their states, but New Yorkers have been denied that right!"

Of course, the supposed denial of rights that NOM is citing actually has nothing to do with same-sex marriage. As the Los Angeles Times has noted:

New York has no initiative or referendum process, so the only way opponents could seek to reverse the measure, if it becomes law, would be to pursue a constitutional amendment. Such an amendment would require voter support, but only after two successive Legislatures approve it — a seemingly unlikely prospect given that the New York Assembly has approved same-sex marriage bills four times in two years.

Of course, polling prior to the bill's passage found a strong majority in favor of marriage equality. So if any same-sex couples on the way to their nuptials happen to pass by NOM's rallies, at least they'll know that the protestors are in the minority.

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