In case you were thinking about stopping by the National Organizaiton for Marriage’s ridiculous “Celebrate Marriage & Family Day” in Rhode Island on Sunday, be aware: there are rules to be followed! This isn’t some haphazard event for the riffraff, but a non-political event “to celebrate unions of husbands and wives” — and continued inequality for America’s homosexuals! A reader forwards a note from Christopher Plante, NOM Rhode Island’s executive director, which spells everything out for ya. Like how the event is on private property, so “No disruptive behavior will be tolerated at any time during the event” and “No clothing shall be worn which contains any messages or symbols deemed offensive to the sponsor of the event.” So ditch those “8 is Hate” tees and put on some “8 is Great” polos! And remember, you won’t have to worry about spilling coffee on them, either.
While we are excited for the event, there are a few last minute instructions we want you all to have in order to make this day as enjoyable as possible. Please remember, this event is held on private property. The event is open to everyone who wishes to celebrate unions of husbands and wives with us, regardless of whether they are personally married or not. It is not a political event; its purpose is to celebrate and affirm the value of marriage in Rhode Island, which remains by law a union between a husband and wife. The vow renewal is for couples who are eligible for marriage licenses under current Rhode Island law. Singles and others are welcome to watch from the sides.
The following rules are intended to make the event safe, respectful, dignified and enjoyable. Any person disregarding or violating these rules, in the sole opinion of the event sponsor, will be removed.
1. No grills or outdoor cooking.
2. No pets.
3. No swimming in the bay.
4. No posters, signs, displays or booths except those previously approved by the event sponsor.
5. No leaflets, handouts or literature may be circulated or distributed without express permission of the event sponsor.
6. No costumes, masks or outrageous clothing will be allowed.
7. No disruptive behavior will be tolerated at any time during the event.
8. No clothing shall be worn which contains any messages or symbols deemed offensive to the sponsor of the event.
Sunday August 16th is going to be a fun and safe time as we gather together to celebrate the goodness and wonder of our marriages to our husbands and wives. Please come on out and enjoy the day with us.
Looking forward to a day with you all,
Christopher C. Plante
National Organization for Marriage – Rhode Island
Westminster Square Building
10 Dorrance St. Suite 809
Providence, RI 02903
Office : (401) 228-7602
Mobile: (401) 954-7173
Fax: (401) 228-7603
[Ed.: Normally we redact this type of contact info, but we have a feeling Mr. Plante will appreciate your text messages on Sunday!]