Minneapolis rally protests gay marriage bans
The Star Tribune reported more than 700 people gathered in downtown Minneapolis Saturday to protest constitutional amendments passed in California, Florida and Arizona prohibiting gay marriage.
More than 700 people gathered on the plaza of the Hennepin County Government Center for the rally. Similar demonstrations were held at the Capitol in St. Paul, Duluth and other cities across the country.
"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."
Join the Impact, who organized Saturday's demonstrations, asked supporters to be respectful and refrain from attacking other groups during the rallies.
In Boston, the mood was generally upbeat, with attendees dancing and signing to the song "Respect." Signs cast the fight for gay marriage as the new civil rights movement, including one that read "Gay is the new black."
Plans for the nationwide demonstrations were started by Seattle blogger, Amy Balliett, just days after the California vote on Proposition 8, which took away gay marriage rights that had been granted by the state's high court by defining marriage as between a man and a woman.