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Rallies in Minneapolis, Across Nation Protest Gay Marriage Bans

In Minneapolis, a group of 700 people protested newly passed gay marriage bans in California, Florida and Arizona, reported The Star Tribune.

In addition to the rally at the Hennepin County Government Center, protesters gathered outside the Capitol in St. Paul and in Duluth on Saturday, and larger cities across the nation drew even larger crowds.

"From Golden Gate Park to Loring Park, we will step together until this battle is won," Minneapolis City Council Member Gary Schiff told the crowd at the government center. "We will not forget the tens of thousands of gay couples who had their loves erased in California."

Protesters in New York proclaimed the gay rights battle, “the greatest civil rights battle of our generation,? while protesters in Washington state endured nasty weather, which included a tornado watch, marching to the beat “Gay, straight, black, white; marriage is a civil right,? reported the New York Times.

"It's really sad that this is even an issue at all," said Kendra Atkins, a 21-year-old University of Minnesota student from Eau Claire, Wisc, who attended the Minneapolis rally. "Love is something we all experience in our own way and it's very unfortunate that certain people think there should be a right way and a wrong way to love."