Baltimore’s WBAL-TV reports on the Anti-Proposition 8 rally at City Hall.
From WMAR-TV’s Cheryl Conner:
Maryland was caught up in a nationwide protest today, as gay rights supporters from Baltimore to San Francisco protested a vote banning gay marriage in California.
“With all this talk about American values these last few years, is this what we want America to stand for?” said Emcee Sean McGovern.
Advocates for gay rights filled the front lawn of city hall, carrying signs that say
“I didn’t get to vote on your marriage” and “Prop 8 equals hate.” Baltimore was part of a simultaneous rally happening in all 50 states after voters in California passed Proposition 8 that takes away court-approved gay marriages.
“There’s just hate behind it,” said one protester.
Hundreds say civil marriage is a civil right. Cliff Ayers and Paul Martin are a new couple, but they fear what passed in California may spread to other states.
“We might as well nip it in the bud right now and show the rest of the states we’re for gay marriage and equal rights for everyone,” said Ayers.
In San Francisco, thousands of people turned out. Nole Starkey is heterosexual, but she’s showing support for her best friend, who lives in California.
“It just breaks my heart that he couldn’t legally get married like the rest of us,” Starkey said.
Hundreds of people gathered outside Baltimore’s city hall to protest the passage of a ban on gay marriage in California.
Organizers say the event on Saturday afternoon was just one of many held simultaneously around the country to protest the passage of the Proposition 8 referendum, which banned gay marriage in California.
Mike Bernard of Baltimore, who married his partner in Canada this year, is one of several people who shared their personal stories with the crowd.
He says in the long run, Proposition 8 may be a good thing for those fighting for gay marriage in the United States.
He says many thought a liberal state like California would never ban gay marriage, but now they may be shocked into action.
An estimated 5,000 supporters of gay nuptials gathered Saturday in Washington to express anger over the passage of Proposition 8, a ban on same-sex marriages in California.
The protest on Capitol Hill was one of several similar events that took place simultaneously in cities nationwide. About 4,000 people marched in Boston, and thousands attended events in Los Angeles, Chicago and the Bay Area in California.