Revolution #167, June 7, 2009

May 26:

Thousands Across the U.S. Protest California Anti-Gay Marriage Decision

On May 26, the California Supreme Court ruled 6 to 1 to uphold Proposition 8, which took away a basic right from millions of people by banning gay marriage. Immediately, there were outpourings of outrage and protest. Thousands of people in over 100 places around the country—in dozens of California cities and in 30 other states-—took to the streets against the gay marriage ban, in actions called by Day of Decision ( In San Francisco, about 175 people were arrested for blocking an intersection near the Supreme Court building. Later, protesters blocked Market Street, the main downtown thoroughfare, for an hour during rush hour. In Los Angeles, thousands marched down Sunset Boulevard, and there were protests in other parts of L.A. and all over southern California. In New York City, over 1,000 people marched from the site of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, which marked the birth of the gay rights movement, to Union Square.

San Francisco Rally. Photo: Special to Revolution
Los Angeles Rally. Photo: Special to Revolution



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