San Francisco, California --- There were marriage equality events in cities and towns from coast to coast this past week, to support the legal challenges to Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and the historic oral arguments heard by the US Supreme Court.
In San Francisco, thousands of LGBT people (including myself) participated in a jubilant equality march on Monday night that started at gay ground zero (Castro and Market), and concluded at City Hall. The mood was festive and fun, and there was a palpable optimism in the air.
Joy at the prospect of marriage equality, and sorrow for countless LGBT families that never were due to AIDS and bigotry, rested in the hearts and minds of an estimated 3,000 people who gathered in the chill at Harvey Milk and Jane Warner plazas Monday, March 25 ahead of historic arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage.
In what was described as one of the largest gay rights demonstrations in San Francisco in recent years, activists, LGBT leaders, and allies marched to City Hall, with some saying that they were inspired by civil rights leaders like the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and slain city supervisor Harvey Milk.
On Tuesday and Wednesday night there was a marriage equality vigil at the Earl Warren Building, which is the home of the California Supreme Court. I couldn’t attend the Tuesday night event, so I participated in the Wednesday night vigil.
I have to applaud Billy “Equality” Baldwin! He did an outstanding and exemplary job planning and coordinating the march and vigil.
I met some incredibly nice people at the vigil, and have to give a shout out to Monterey Martin, and the gorgeous and glorious gals from Glen Park (5th photo above) .
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