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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