There was a rally in downtown Atlanta on Saturday against gay marriage with the gays outnumbering the anti-gays by a 10 to 1 margin. We brought you the details and photos on Sunday; now we’ve got the video outtakes. There’s a King family member who compares same-sex marriage to genocide, the rally organizer who tries to play more to the large gay crowd across the street instead of his small band of supporters, and an R&B singer with an ironic song choice.
Alveda King, the niece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., spoke against gay marriage during the rally and compared it to genocide. She is the founder of the faith-based organization King for America.
This former state legislator and current embarrassment to the King family wanted to come off as a loving grandmother. That helped soften the blow of this line she delivered: “It is statistically proven that the strongest institution that guarantees procreation and continuity of the generations is marriage between one man and one woman. I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to be extinct and none of us wants to be. We don’t want genocide, we don’t want to destroy the sacred institution of marriage.”
When Vernessa Mitchell sang “Unity” for the National Organization for Marriage supporters, it was an ironic choice for a rally conceived to fight against equality. But the crowd of LGBT demonstrators took it in stride, cheered when the lyrics mentioned love and generally turned her song into our anthem. Tip to Mitchell: Don’t let the crowds at Jungle, where she was scheduled to perform in early April, or other gay venues know you’ll take our money and sing in our clubs but don’t support our marriage rights.
Brian Brown, the president of NOM is one sad, bitter guy. Probably bitter because his protest flopped and the large crowd of gays across Washington Street didn’t try to shout him down or otherwise disrupt his little protest and provide video footage he can use for fundraisers. Or angry because he wore a long-sleeve shirt on a scorching summer day in the South.
“We will not be silenced, will we? We will not be intimidated. We will not be shouted down. And we will stand up against this judge in California who took it upon himself to say that seven million California voters have no civil right to vote and that you, the people of Georgia, have no civil right to vote,” Brown said.