Marriage rally at City Hall this Saturday

I think I’ve made it pretty clear, my feelings about gay marriage and state constitutional amendments banning it. In sum: I think the institution of marriage is deeply flawed, and its origins are misunderstood by the general public. I think the conflation of religious marriage and civil marriage in practice and in law is troublesome, to say the least. And although we live in a democracy, I’m dubious about civil rights issues being put in the hands of voters. If we’d done that in the 1950s and 1960s, we’d still be marching to Montgomery.

Some folks who are more activist-minded than I am are organizing a series of rallies this Saturday against hate and in support of gay marriage rights. If you’re in New Orleans, meet at City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street, at 12:30pm. (There’s more info over here .) If you’re not in New Orleans, (a) I’m sorry to hear that, and (b) check this page for state-by-state listings, including another Louisiana protest in Shreveport.

Finally: I’m pretty sure that most of you have seen this editorial from Keith Olbermann, and the majority of you probably don’t need convincing, but for both of the rest of you, have a look.

1 Comment so far

  1. frazgo on November 14th, 2008 @ 8:54 am

    I am in awe of the response to our own CA Prop 8 vote. I sit back amazed at the coordination of Saturdays events all timed with the big protest DtLA. I think something has started that no one expected when that proposition went on the ballot.

    At what point will the Feds step in and rule once and for all on the issue and put it to rest. For me it has been nothing more than the Jim Crow laws and other "seperate but equal" segregation nonsense that the courts struck down in the past.

    Good luck at your rally. I have several to chose from here, I think I’ll do DtLA.



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