The National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same-sex marriage, came to Augusta’s Capitol Park today to launch a tour of several states that will play a key role in the debate moving forward.

 “I believe that marriage, standing up for marriage, is the future,” said Brian Brown, executive director of NOM.

 About 100 people attended the rally, and a few held signs. One sign said “Is it loving to bring children into a destructive lifestyle?”

 Brown asked all who attended to provide contact information because they need to get organized to fight future attempts to allow same-sex marriage. Last fall, voters in Maine repealed a same-sex marriage law by a 53-47 percent margin.

 Earlier in the day, EqualityMaine and other groups gathered in the State House Hall of Flags to counter the NOM rally and talk about why they will continue to fight for marriage rights.