Columbus Circle in New York City was filled with chants of “Gay, Straight, Black, White, Marriage is a Civil Right!” as thousands of protesters came out in opposition to California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California last week. The event was the largest protest outside of California so far and shows how quickly and rapidly organized opposition to Prop 8. has sprung up across the country.
Marchers began at the Mormon Temple, located just north of Lincoln Center and marched down along Broadway, shutting down traffic and overtaking Columbus Circle. LDS spokesperson Michael Otterson told the AP that the church does not understand why it is being singled out, saying “This was a very broad-based coalition that defended traditional marriage in a free and democratic election”.
The protest was organized in part by Corey Johnson, Michaelanhelo Signorile and Ann Northrop and was rapidly disseminated through social networks like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter, causing some to ask if we are entering a new age of digital activism. Seen among the protesters were Dan Savage, Whoopi Goldberg and Larry Kramer.
A nationwide protest is scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 15th. For more information, go to www.jointheimpact.com.
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