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Pictures And News Story Of Madison, Wisconsin’s Anti-Prop 8 March

November 15, 2008

Cold winds whipped downtown Madison on Saturday afternoon, but there was no diminishing the heated feelings that nearly 500 citizens felt over the recently passed anti-gay Proposition 8 in California that struck down gay marriage.  With homemade signs, and loud chants the assembled marched from the UW-Madison to the State Capitol.  At both of the major intersections on State Street where traffic needed to stop, there was strong support from the drivers as they clapped, gave the thumbs up, and honked their horns.  As one observer noted it was nice to see young and old show up in such numbers that the marchers filled more than one city block as they made their protest.  Throughout the march I was struck by the underlying tone of strangers who commented that this moment will pass, and the progress that has been made over the past few years will pick up steam again.  It needs to be remembered that Prop 8 was only a battle, it was not the war.  History is turning a page, and the marchers knew they were on the right side of the battle lines.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. ferrellgummitt permalink
    November 18, 2008 10:02 AM

    So is Gay the new Black?

  2. Marion permalink
    November 17, 2008 10:17 AM

    Equal rights for everyone not just some. Prop 8 is a bad deal and bad precident to be setting in our country. There should be no place for discrimination of any kind in our free nation. Live and let live and follow the Golden rule.

  3. November 16, 2008 4:38 AM

    The U.S. government crossed a VERY serious line with PROP 8.

    This “proposition” threatened children’s sense of safety and belongingness in California. Children’s safety.

    Regardless of THIS particular fight, there are way too many fights on way too many fronts for us to conquer piecemeal. The Time is Now – DRAW A NEW LINE in the sand and demand from President Obama and our representatives FULL EQUALITY.

    Equality Is Simple When You Simply Include Everybody.

    What? Not detailed enough for the lawyers?

    OK, we can list repealing DOMA, repealing DADT, include transgender in the ENDA Bill, allow adoption of abandoned children, equality in immigration issues, recognize our hate crimes as such, equal family/children rights……….whew! See what I mean?

    We are EQUAL SOULS in HUMAN BODIES. Could we please STOP discriminating due to the genitalia attached? Plumbing will determine each civil right?! Any separation from the pack is ultimately due to gender (and/or gender roles & stereotyping), and that is SEXISM. I cannot marry Bob because I am the “wrong” gender; if I were a woman I could marry Bob. SEXISM.

    And I cannot stress ENOUGH how my own suffering from Marriage Inequality is NOT the reason for wanting or needing equality. I am not something to focus on. But my story, and the stories of countless other Americans desperately need to be addressed in this civil rights struggle. Marriage laws were put in place many years ago in order to PROTECT individuals and their FAMILIES; if they were NOT necessary they would not exist (for heterosexuals). When these laws are NOT in place for ALL OF US, horrible, horrible suffering occurs. My WEBSITE has many examples.

    So Americans want to continue denying us what they have already deemed as essential. And many people want us to WAIT…2….5……10…….20……..30 YEARS, depending on the “civil right”, for what WAS and IS our birthright.

    I personally have a HUGE problem with that. I cannot wait. I will not wait.

    Will you join me on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009, and help me inform the government that WE are eager to be included in the federal tax base as soon as THEY include us in society’s laws? My 5-year-old students could understand this concept: EQUAL = EQUAL

    As Americans can’t we agree that there are MANY other important issues to address (like the Economy, Education, Health Care, Poverty & Homelessness, Iraq/Afghanistan…all of these are related), and solving THOSE problems is more urgent than having “Equality Issues” TIE UP THE COURTS for another 30+ years? We will NOT go away.

    You keep procreating; we keep popping out. Sorry.

    Our representatives have spent years inventing 4-letter words (DOMA, DADT) to restrict us, deny us, demoralize us, and harm our beloved families and children. Enough is enough.

    NO MORE. NO MORE.

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    The National Equality Tax Protest
    – Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 –
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