I would estimate between 5,000 and 10,000 people were grouped around the steps of City Hall, listening to stories, hoping for change, and believing that Gays will have equal rights soon. I was utterly touched by my experience today. I laughed at a few signs like the following:
I was sapping towards signs like the following:
And I was moved by the turnout, speakers, and general essence of such a wonderful movement. With the passing of Prop 8, a proposition that creates an amendment to the California constitution outlawing same-sex marriage, Gays are no longer recognizes as equals by our governing doctrine. This is despicable. Every man and woman enters this world as an equal, some loving the opposite sex, and some loving the same sex. Certain religious organizations made large contributions to the Yes on 8 campaign, the most notable being the Mormon Church, who donated over $20,000,000 (that’s 7 zeros).
Reverend Amos Brown, one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s six students, gave the best, most motivational, moving speech I have ever witnessed. His booming, powerful voice echoed off the concrete and steal buildings which house our governing body, preaching love and equality and peace and happiness. His words touched our hearts, and his presence gave us that tingly feeling in our spine that makes us understand that this is something, that there is something here, something worth fighting for. Here is the speech, though the video isn’t all that good:
After the speeches had finished, the whole crowd proceeded to march to Market Street, the most famous street in San Francisco, towards the Castro, which is perhaps the largest Gay neighborhood in the world. Thousands marched as millions watched. They marched for their rights to love whom they have wanted to love since they were born. They marched for their friends and family, loved ones and childrens, in hopes of one day having equal rights.
America has fought for equality before, and now it fights again. It fights now, not for gender or race, but for love. It fights for love, and what a wonderful thing to fight for. Love.