A crowd of men marched down the Mall in Austin on Saturday to protest a Republican law that would require businesses to hire and serve only women.
The men gathered in the city’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel for what was billed as a “moment of unity” for all Texans.
They carried signs reading “Stop Trump,” and “No to Trump.”
“We are here to stand with all Texans, we are here because our state’s values are more important than any one candidate’s,” said Brian Dabbs, who is a member of the conservative Texas State Conference.
“We’re all Texans,” said Dabbers son, Tyler Dabbing.
The event was billed by organizers as a day of unity in support of the Women’s March on Washington, but organizers said they were targeting “a moment of unity to honor the life of our women who will be the catalysts for this movement.”
The Women’s Marches took place on the same day as the funeral of Mariah Carey, the popular singer whose song “Hail Mary” helped catapult President Donald Trump to power.
The march in Austin was the second in the United States to target the Women and Girls Clubs of America, which provides support services to young women.
It was the largest gathering of its kind in Austin.
But organizers said the Women & Girls Club of America has been a target of Republican leaders in the past, especially after the Orlando nightclub massacre.
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“We will not let our sisters and daughters in this state be left behind,” Dabber said.
“The only way we can make a difference is to join with all our sisters, brothers and neighbors.”
The rally took place hours before the Women March on New York, which drew hundreds of thousands of people.
The women’s march was also a demonstration of unity against Trump, who has called women “sluts” and a “prostitute.”
The Republican leader has also attacked abortion rights and Planned Parenthood, saying it is “not pro-choice” and “not anti-abortion.”
Dabbbs said he hopes the march will help raise awareness of the economic disparity women and girls face.
“It’s not just a one-time thing,” he said.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler said that the march was a success.
“I think it was a great way to say to all of our community members, you have a voice,” he told reporters.
“This is not just about me or my friends.
This is about all of us.”
The women march was the third in the U.S. and was organized by the Women for Trump PAC.
It is led by Texas state Rep. Terri Lynn Land, a Republican from the Dallas suburb of Fort Worth.
Land said the March is a “good reminder that we have a great opportunity to make a positive difference in this country.”
“The Women for America PAC is a group of Texans who are standing up and saying, this is our way of standing up for women’s rights,” she said.
The rally was peaceful, and many people joined in singing the national anthem.
“If I see a Trump hat I’m going to say ‘God Bless America,'” said Toni Taylor, a local nurse who helped organize the march.
“People just love that we are all here together.
We have the same values.”