Thursday, November 6, 2008
As I'm sure you are already aware now, proposition 8 has narrowly passed in California. A proposition to write discrimination into the State Constitution by explicitly banning same sex marriage. I was saddened by this injustice, and felt deeply sorry for my friends effected by this, and the numerous gay and lesbian cyclists I had the pleasure of meeting through AIDS LifeCycle.
Prop 8 may have passed, but the fight is far from over however. Last night Lorri Jean of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, spoke to a crowd of thousands at a rally in West Hollywood. After her motivational speech she announced another rally scheduled at the Mormon Temple @ 2pm today. I wore my ALC shirt so fellow riders could spot me in the crowd.
The mass of people demonstrated afterward in the intersection of Santa Monica and San Vicente. Not content to sit still in a place blocked of traffic and thus attention, the masses began to move out of the intersection and took the streets marching side by side. It was a powerful night, with moments like marching down the Sunset strip across all lanes of traffic and both sides of the road with shouts demanding for equal rights. Several times during the night at major intersections protesters sat down and blocked traffic in all directions with banners held high.
Proposition 8 has not left the movement defeated, if anything it has left it more motivated then ever. With helicopters buzzing overhead, and feeding reports to my girlfriend in radio news from the ground, I felt like I was watching history in the making last night.