Anger over the California election results from Proposition 8, which overturned a court decision allowing gay marriage, has rightfully reverberated around the nation. Placing discrimination into the state constitution, and the denial of civil rights to gay couples, has not only energized people in California, but around the nation. Outrage over this vote will be heard coast to coast on Saturday, as marches will occur in numerous cities in every state, all at the same time.
Madison, a city with a proud tradition of taking to the streets to demonstrate the feelings of the citizenry, will be one of the ‘voices’ that will be added to so many others this weekend. It is not hard to understand the degrading manner that gay couples in California are now being treated. In addition, it is imperative that these hard won rights in other states not be taken away. Collectively we must say, “NO TO BIGOTRY!”
Madison’s march will take place Saturday, November 15th starting at 12:30 P.M. Central Time at the Library Mall on the UW-Campus, and proceeding to the State Capitol. I strongly encourage readers to spread the word. Call a friend, grab a neighbor, and link this post to other sites. Get the word out.
Gay people are the last segment of the population to have rights denied to them based on who they are. The issue of marriage has been used as a political weapon, and I know I am not alone when I say I am damn tired of it. The tide is turning with gay civil rights, and those who have groundless and irrational fears about gay marriage are fighting harder as they see history turning a page. As a counter-response to their shameful display of bigotry it is time for thoughtful and enlightened voices to join together and recognize that this issue is about our family, friends, and communities.
Other communities around the state having marches on the 15th, all starting at 12:30 P.M. include….
Milwaukee…….City Hall – 200 E. Wells Street
*NEW change of location
Duluth/Superior….MN Power Plaza at Lake Ave. & Superior St. in Duluth
La Crosse…..400 La Crosse Street, La Crosse