In what looks to be a historic day, on Saturday, Nov. 15th, thousands of people, in this country and across the globe, are expected to turn out for a simultaneous demonstration in support of equal marriage rights for same-sex people. The event is organized by the grassroots group Join the Impact. The group formed a week ago today, a sign of how quickly the movement has spread via the Internet, organized and coalesced around a purpose. The group’s mission statement reads:
“Our movement seeks to encourage the LGBTQ community not to look towards the past and place blame, but instead to look forward toward what needs to be done now to achieve one goal: Full equality for ALL.Â We stand for reaching out across all communities.Â We do not stand for bigotry, for scapegoating, or using anger as our driving force.Â
Our mission is to encourage our community to engage our opposition in a conversation about full equality and to do this with respect, dignity, and an attitude of outreach and education.Â JoinTheImpact, as an entity, will not encourage divisiveness, violence, or disrespect of others and we do not approve of this.Â We do not stand for pointing the finger at one group and placing blame.Â
The LGBTQ community comes in all different colors, creeds, religious beliefs, and political parties.Â If we allow ourselves to place blame on one community or another, then we are no better than those who oppose us.Â We will not pit one community against another.”
Organizers are urging protesters to cooperate with police and local officials and to demonstrate peacefully and visibly. The group is taking special pains to remind prtotesters that sticks for picket signs can be no thicker than 1/4 inch or they will be considered weapons by the police. You can locate protest locations here. Protests against Prop. 8 have been ongoing since the measure was narrowly passed in California last Wednesday and show no sign of letting up in the near future.
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