Prop 8 energizes nationwide protests

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The passage of California's anti-marriage Proposition 8 has energized a pro-marriage movement that is no longer willing to tolerate second-class citizenship for LGBT Americans. There were events in some 300 cities across the nation yesterday, with protesters numbering over a million. Andrew Sullivan posted this marvelous photo from the protest in DC:

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One of Sullivan's commenters says it best, explaining the importance of marriage equality for all the blasé straights out there:

I'm not gay. I don't have gay friends or family. This isn't about homosexuality. This is about civil rights. [...] I've got no special affinity for the gay community, but I'm an American and a patriot: I've got a special affinity for my fellow Americans. I'll be damned if I acquiesce to such shameful hate and discrimination.

Bravo! I'm reminded of George Washington's words about the exercise of citizens' "inherent natural rights:"

For happily, the government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.
(letter to Moses Seixas, 1790)

For more photos, visit:

Box Turtle Bulletin
Join the Impact (old site and new site)
Andrew Sullivan
Slog
Towleroad

The next scheduled event is Day without a Gay on 10 December, which falls on Human Rights Day (and also the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights):

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