Religious leaders say Washington Post undercounted rally
Several local religious leaders are furious with the Washington Post for reporting that about 150 people attended their rally on Sunday demanding a public vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legalized. The crowd estimate came from a Washington Post reporter who attended the rally.
One of the rally organizers, Bishop Harry Jackson, disputed the crowd estimate at Monday's hearing before the Board of Elections and Ethics on whether the referendum should go forward. Jackson, pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, told the board members that "despite what the Washington Post reported," about 2,000 people attended the rally on Freedom Plaza.
Earlier today, the Missionary Baptist Ministers Conference of D.C. and Vicinity also issued a news release questioning the newspaper's crowd estimate.
"This was no small group, as reported by (Washington Post reporter) Tim Craig, given the fact I, alone, brought three bus loads of over 150 people to the rally, and several hundred more were also in attendance; including several other bus loads of people," said Reverend Patrick J. Walker, Chairman of the Task Force Against Same Sex Marriage of The Missionary Baptist Ministers‟ Conference of DC and Vicinity.
"I do not know where Mr. Tim Craig obtained his attendance figures. Perhaps this article was simply a bit biased in reporting on this significant showing."
While the rally was taking place, a staffer for Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) was shooting pictures of the crowd from the upper floors of the John A. Wilson Building, located across the street from Freedom Plaza. The photo below was taken at 3:12 p.m., shortly after the first speakers took the stage.
One possible explanation for the varying crowd estimates is that some of those bused to the event appeared to periodically leave Freedom Plaza to wander through downtown instead of participating in the rally from start to finish.
-- Tim Craig
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