Sunday, November 02, 2008

Thousands protest Prop 8 in San Diego

Between 7,000 and 10,000 people took to University Avenue in San Diego's heavily gay Hillcrest district the evening of Nov. 1 to protest Proposition 8, the Nov. 4 ballot measure that would amend the California Constitution to re-ban same-sex marriage, negating the California Supreme Court decision that legalized it.
The protest took place as some 15,000 Christians from around the nation prayed in San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium for passage of Prop 8.
Republican San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and his lesbian daughter Lisa attended the gay event.
Amazingly, the gay protest was organized entirely via e-mail and, to the best of my knowledge, it was the biggest gay street action in the 14 years I've lived here, apart from the gay pride parade, which draws about 150,000 people.
The police seemed caught unaware by the protest's size and drove up and down the street demanding that people stay on the sidewalks and that motorists stop honking their horns in support.
There are no official numbers on how many same-sex couples have married in San Diego since it became possible on June 16, but there were an awful lot of happy-looking couples holding hands.
Eventually the crowd dispersed, the clubs filled, and I ate two yummy slices of pizza at Universal before biking home and being grateful the rollback of Daylight Savings Time gave me an extra hour to deal with processing photos, blogging and writing about this busy gay day in sunny San Diego.
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