The initial news from Columbia, S.C. from Q-Notes' Contributing Writer Gareth Fenley:
"150 people attended, upbeat crowd, holding posters along Gervais Street in front of the confederate monument at the Capitol, I got a bunch of good quotes. No counter protesters. more later."
Photo at right, Columbia Prop. 8 Protest, photo courtesy Daniel Jones (Facebook)
Statement from MarriageEqualityUSA (disclosure: I am a member of MEUSA's Advisory Board).
Marriage Equality USA Contacts:
Molly McKay, Media Director – firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-332-0872
Pamela Brown, Policy Director – email@example.com, 510-384-3655
The winds of change are blowing hard and there is electricity in the air.
Today is a national tipping point....all the work we have been doing has helped to get us up to this point and the flashpoint is the loss of Proposition 8. History will look back on this day as the day that the national LGBTI community rose up and said, we are not going back....we will insist on being treated equally under the law, we will insist that our families are treated with fully dignity and constitutional protections under the law....we will not sit back and allow us to be bullied by the popular mob, we will not let others define us as any inferior class of people, we will gather together in all our natural diversity, with our righteous straight allies who get that this isn't only about LGBTI families but on the kind of country we want to be. We will not allow the wall between the separation of church and state to come crumbling down and allow a flood of religious intolerance to change our constitution, we will rise up and rise up and rise up and march forward down the only
path that we have before us...this is the journey to justice, zip up those boots and start marching!
Love and courage to all of us today!!
Molly McKay, Marriage Equality USA Media Director