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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Napa's national day of protest against prop 8 pics, video, reaction: Weekend Roundup

Photo by J.L. Sousa/Register Photos

So the day came; we protested; we flaunted our serious, our angry, our funny, our charming and demanding signs; we marched, we chanted; we looked good; we spread the idea of love and equality--and now the weekends over. Here's what the weekend in brief:
  • I'm guessing you already saw our mini-write up and slideshow? If not, it's a great place to start.

  • Anna Quindlen @ Newsweek had a great two-page commentary about any light that Loving v. Virginia might shed on the issue of same-sex marriage:

    Here are the facts of the case, and if they leave you breathless with disbelief and rage it only proves Kushner's point, and mine: Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving got married in Washington, D.C. They went home to Virginia, there to be rousted out of their bed one night by police and charged with a felony. The felony was that Mildred was black and Richard was white and they were therefore guilty of miscegenation, which is a $10 word for bigotry. Virginia, like a number of other states, considered cross-racial matrimony a crime at the time.

    It turned out that it wasn't just the state that hated the idea of black people marrying white people. God was onboard, too, according to the trial judge, who wrote, "The fact that He separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix." But the Supreme Court, which eventually heard the case, passed over the Almighty for the Constitution, which luckily has an equal-protection clause. "Marriage is one of the basic civil rights of man," the unanimous opinion striking down the couple's conviction said, "fundamental to our very existence and survival."

    That was in 1967. [Newsweek]

  • The Napa Register (of course) had coverage of the rally here. They put the crowd count at 400, and included some good quotes from the speakers. They also had a slideshow of about 9 photos, which the commenters (no, I'm still not a fan) had a hay-day with.

  • Good As You has an amazing post with videos from 50+ of the National Day sites from across the United States, Napa included.

  • Crowds gathered near public buildings in cities large and small, including Boston, San Francisco, Chicago and Fargo, to vent their frustrations, celebrate gay relationships and renew calls for change. "Civil marriages are a civil right, and we're going to keep fighting until we get the rights we deserve as American citizens," said Karen Amico, in a write-up about the day from MSNBC.

Video of the Napa march downtown embedded on the site.

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