As advertised, activists representing the Council of Conservative Citizens and the League Of The South formed up in front of the headquarters of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in Montgomery, AL on May 9th, 2014. They were holding a Southern Marriage & Family Defense Rally, and targeted the SPLC because of their lawsuit to overturn Alabama's Marriage Protection Act and Sanctity of Marriage Amendment, approved by 81 percent of the voters in 2006. From the screenshot above, it looked like at least 16 people showed up, but updated information from Occidental Dissent reveals at least 50 people were present. There were no antifa or other counter-protestors.
The primary local media story was published by the Montgomery Advertiser. Activists carried Alabama state flags along with the flag of the Kentucky Orphan Brigade, which fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Michael Hill, chairman of the League of the South, said the protest was a demonstration of support for the idea of Christian marriage. He also disputed the SPLC's designation of the League of the South as a hate group designation, explaining "We love the South. We love Southern tradition. We love family."
Meanwhile, Brad Griffin, a board member of the Council of Conservative Citizens who also edits Occidental Dissent under the holdover nom de plume of Hunter Wallace, said same-sex marriage is a novelty that the founding fathers never even considered as an issue. "The idea that it is against their constitutional rights, I just don't think it is true. I don't think it holds water," Griffin said. Griffin has also opened up a discussion thread on Occidental Dissent.
|Morris Dees (L) and Richard Cohen (R) looking down on the rally|
Richard Cohen, the Jewish President of the SPLC who keeps chief counsel Morris Dees on a tight leash, was all butthurt; he issued an official statement expressing nominal respect for their First Amendment rights, but characterizing them as "unrepentant racists and bigots" with a "vile message". Like that's going to influence us to change our minds. LOL! Here's the embed of Cohen's full statement: