At a sparsely attended stop Friday in Columbus, Ohio, Maggie Gallagher returned to helm NOM's anti-gay marriage Summer for Marriage Tour 2010 bus tour.

The campaign is sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the group behind measures in Maine and California that have repealed gay marriage at the ballot box, and is expected to end with a Washington D.C. rally on August 15.

Gay activists once again outnumbered rally attendees in the Ohio capital. One head count put NOM supporters at 20 and counter protesters at 70. Gay activists chanted, “2, 4, 6, 8 time for you to leave the state,” as they attempted to shout down NOM's speakers.

The event marked the return of Maggie Gallagher, who stepped aside as the group's president in April. She now serves on the group's board and Brian Brown took over the helm. Brown, who's spoken at every previous event, was noticeably absent.

Gallagher remained lock-step with the group's newest maneuver of flipping the script on gay marriage supporters.

“I have a message for our good friends who don't agree with us – a few of them are gathered out there on the other side – hate is not a family value,” she told the crowd.

Damon Owens, who is African-American and the founder of the New Jersey Natural Family Planning Association, added: “Martin Luther King said that every argument for a legitimate civil right must find support in the civil law or the natural law. Same sex marriage has found support in neither.”

The tour was joined in Annapolis, Maryland by D.C.'s number one gay marriage foe, Bishop Harry Jackson. Jackson, who is African-American, and his followers are pushing for a referendum on gay marriage in the District.

“The major civil right, for those of us who went through the civil rights movement, is the right to vote,” he said.

A visible police presence in Columbus kept counter protesters at bay.

The bus rolls into Lima, Ohio on Saturday.