Prop 8 protest turns into a new movement

May 26, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Around 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening, there was a big march underway in protest of the California Supreme Court's Prop 8 decision to ban gay marriage.

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Demonstrations wrapped up on Tuesday night and the Castro was the place to be after a long and emotional day. By the looks of it, you would never know same-sex marriage supporters lost in court Tuesday. Dancing in the streets, in this case on Castro Street, is how they deal with adversity.

"We don't have time to be sad, we have time to just move forward and fight beginning tomorrow and that's what this message is about," said John Weber, a rally organizer.

The Edict to Move Forward was articulated in more formal terms earlier in the evening where hundreds gathered for a pre-march rally at city hall. Leaders of the same-sex marriage movement say starting this weekend they plan to hit rural cities throughout the state in an effort to win over the hearts and minds of small-town Californians.

"We're going to start to go very local with meetings in over 90 cities across the state of California to start developing regional teams to figure out who needs to be brought into the conversation, what stories we need to tell," said Pamela David, a pro same-sex marriage supporter.

They're branching out because organizers believe a grass-roots campaign is the best way to ultimately overturn Prop 8 at the ballot box. It seems like they'll be getting a lot of help.

"You don't have to be gay to support them and it's time for straight people to get out, there's a difference between tolerating and full-tilt supporting the gay community and that's why we have to get out and start doing it," said Tammi Towarog, a protester.

Despite the tough talk, there's no question, many supporters of same-sex marriage are feeling a profound sense of sadness. Supervisor Bevan Dufty was holding out hope that recent rulings in other states legalizing same-sex marriage would make a difference here.

"I think there was this glimmer of hope, that in light of everything happening in the country, that it's just fundamentally unfair to subject people's civil right to a majority vote," said Supervisor Dufty.

There were several acts of civil disobedience throughout the day, but nothing violent. Mainly, there were only peaceful protests.

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