At least three gay rights groups are planning to counter protest demonstrations by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and the Westboro Baptist Church that coincide with New York's first gay and lesbian weddings on Sunday, July 24.

NOM, the nation's most vociferous opponent of gay marriage, will hold rallies in Manhattan, Rochester, Albany and Buffalo.

Westboro Baptist Church – the group which coined the phrase “God hates fags” and is helmed by Fred Phelps – is expected to protest outside of several of New York City's clerk's offices.

In announcing its picket roster, which also includes a same-sex wedding taking place at Gracie Manson being presided by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Westboro declared: “WBC will picket the reprobates of fag-infested New York state to remind them that God defined marriage as a sacred union between one man and one woman for life. That means NO fag marriage, no dyke marriage and no divorce + remarriage! For their defiance of their Lord, New Yorkers will suffer the wrath of God being poured out on them from the sky, just as others in history who have followed this path experienced.”

The group Connecting Rainbows announced this week it will protest NOM's Manhattan rally, which will take place outside of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan office, located at 633 Third Ave.

“NOM is using this historic day as a platform to get their hate message into the media, to raise money to fund their hate group, including going so far as to announce their support Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr., a bigot,” the group wrote in a press release announcing its plans.

Outside the marriage bureau located at 141 Worth St., the group Queer Rising will attempt to create a buffer zone between the Westboro protesters and gay couples.

“In an effort to denounce their hatred, we will be standing between the haters and the couples with rainbow umbrellas,” the group said in an announcement at its Facebook page.

And Marriage Equality New York (MENY) is also encouraging members to do the same.

“If you have a MENY umbrella – bring it with you. We will block them with a wall of umbrellas – turn our backs on them. Ignore them at all costs. The important thing is to make this a wonderful day for our newlyweds!” MENY Board President Cathy Marino-Thomas said.