Tags: activism, Lauren Kirkwood, LGBTQ, Prop 8
The Saint Louis weather brought on one of the coldest afternoons of the season to Proposition 8 protesters at the Old Courthouse on Saturday November 15. Despite from the numbing air, the rally against the California amendment to ban gay marriage brought over 1,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight allied participants from the community.
Last May, California Supreme Court legalized gay marriage on the grounds that a ban would discriminate based on sexual orientation. It would violate human rights. On November 4, California voted to ban gay marriage and end the near six month reign of love and equality.
Saint Louis activists brought homemade signs and waved rainbow flags in an effort to create collaboration and awareness in a peaceful stance against hate. Religious and State officials from the region took to the podium including; St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, Missouri State Senator Joan Bray, St. Louis City Comptroller Darlene Greene, Rabbi James Stone Goodman and Reverend Susan Drake. High schoolers Crosby Franklin and Alexa James spoke genuinely to the crowd about indifference, family bonds, love and the prospective future of gay marriage.
Though the protest was about focused primarily around Proposition 8, my thoughts were of Missouri. Missouri overwhelming voted against gay marriage in 2004. I echo Alexa James, “It’s 2008 people, come on.” Where is the love in the heart of the United States?