Speaking of legal protest, an estimated 5,000 people gathered in West Hollywood last night to oppose Proposition 8. Though they were meant to stay on the sidewalks, the crowd broke onto the street and snarled traffic, but remained mostly peaceful throughout. Police did arrest a few rogue activists, including one who jumped on a police car.
It wasn’t just gays out on the street last night. Actress Rose McGowan made an appearance and Towleroad reports that Wanda Sykes came out to show some love. West Hollywood mayor Mayor Jeffrey Prang and a number of other politicians later took to a stage down the road and pledged their support to the movement. In addition, Councilman John Duran urged gays to work with other groups to achieve total unity. Sounds good to us!
Then, at the end, some gay-friendly Mormons led the group in song, which we hoped quelled some anti-Mormon attitudes, of which there was much – several protesters held signs against the church, which played a huge role in passing Proposition 8.
Protests aren’t the only action in California. Other same-sex supporters are taking the mater to the courts:
As soon as Prop. 8’s victory was assured, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and his counterparts from Los Angeles and Santa Clara County went to the state Supreme Court to try to invalidate it on the grounds that it conflicts with the equal protection pillars of the state Constitution.
“It goes to the heart of what the judiciary is supposed to do: To ensure that everyone is entitled to equal protection under the law,” Herrera said.
The ACLU, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Lambda Legal and LA-based lawyer Gloria Allred also filed suits contending Proposition 8. The battle continues…
Here are some pictures sent over from The Lost Boy.