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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Gay-Haters Descend on Pioneer Courthouse Square - Tomorrow!!

Posted by Stephen Marc Beaudoin on Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Oh hellz yes!

For those of you who've been wondering where all the gay drama went since the Adams scandal simmered down, the wait is over!

Tomorrow afternoon in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square, one of the state's most ardent anti-gay conservative activists - Concerned Oregonians' Craig Myers - will make a hotly anticipated speaking appearance before an expected audience of thousands in the Square.

Myers, in case you need reminding, is inheritor of the state's anti-gay activist mantle from the likes of former OCA kingpin Lon Mabon (mostly in hiding now) and Restore America's David Crowe (who moved out of state last year), and is rallying the anti-gay forces behind two proposed ballot initiatives in 2010 to repeal the Oregon Family Fairness Act and the Oregon Equality Act, two queer equality laws that hit the books in 2008.

So what's the big occasion for Myers', uh, coming out party? Well, a crunch of conservative goons are coming together tomorrow, Wednesday April 15 (that's Tax Day, people), for a nationwide tea party designed as a "protest of our government's betrayal of its constitutional obligations." Myers and guests are taking to the Square for a major flexing of their collective conservative muscles, and Facebook tells me the Portland event has 401 confirmed guests, with 317 additional peeps "possibly attending."

BUT WAIT! IT GETS BETTER!!

Sharing the stage with Myers and his coterie of anti-queer tea-lovers? None other than openly gay Oregon Libertarian party vice chair Marc Delphine, a financial advisor and perennial candidate for state office. What the hell is Delphine, an active member of the Portland queer community, doing sharing the stage with one of the state's most notorious gay haters??

Any queers up for staging a massive counter-protest? Huh...? Anyone??!!?

If you're curious - and I know you are! - the Tea Party schedule is after the jump...

Here's the April 15 "rally and tea party" schedule:

Rally and Tea Party:

5:00 pm - 5:59 pm Open tables (picket signs/sign in/voter reg) — At: Pioneer Courthouse Square
6:00 pm - 6:15 pm Event commence

Daniel Oliver (Declaration of Independence)
Color Guard
National Anthem
6:15 pm - 6:16 pm Pledge of Allegiance
6:16 pm - 6:17 pm Non-Denominational Invocation

Aaron Auer with ROAR Ministries
6:17 pm - 6:21 pm Pep rally
6:21 pm - 6:24 pm Introduction
6:24 pm - 6:52 pm "We the People" speeches (not in order yet)

Joseph Cornwell Oregon Libertarian Party Chair
Marc Delphine Oregon Libertarian Party Vice Chair
Joe Harper "Depleting our Liberty"
Lloyd Root
Craig Myers - Concerned Oregonians
Rosie Gagnon
(Victoria Taft or Rep Richardson)
6:52 pm - 7:15 pm Tea Ceremony (4 to 5 stations)
7:15 pm - 7:30 pm March to waterfront/Pep rally
7:30 pm - 7:45 pm Pre Tea Dumping Remarks

Representative Dennis Richardson
7:50 pm - 7:52 pm Tea Dumping
7:52 pm - 8:07 pm Pep rally/March back to the square
8:07 pm - 8:10 pm Closing remarks, Geoff Ludt

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