As many of you probably know, on Saturday, there were over 300 rallies across the USA to protest the passage of anti-gay ballot measures in California, Florida, Arkansas, and Arizona.
Proposition 8 in California, narrowly approved after buttinsky Mormons contributed millions to help overturn gay marriage rights, has received the most press coverage.
Several speakers at Saturday's rally argued that the Arkansas vote to prohibit gay and lesbian couples from adopting children or being foster parents is in some ways even more disheartening because it strikes at the children of GLBT families. Well, take your pick, there's plenty to be unhappy about.
I'm a very nervous Nelly, and it's not like me to show up at a public rally. Darren was persistent, though, and Going 40's threats of brunch-related retribution also had their effect.
So Saturday afternoon we stood in the plaza at the Hennepin County Government Center with a good 1500 other hardy souls braving the November chill to listen to an array of speakers, some excellent, so not so great.
I found the experience quite inspiring, even though I will admit that I didn't participate in any of the chants. I'm just not a chanter. I'm way too self-conscious about being loud. Can't do it.
Anyway, here are a few pictures we took Saturday. It was a DAMN cold 90 minutes, but I'm glad Darren didn't let me wuss out and stay home by the fire.
I got quite a kick out of this next one...
Do I want to walk down the aisle? No, I don't. What I do want, though, is for Darren and me to be able to fill out a form at the courthouse and get all the same legal protections afforded to married couples.