Thousands of Demonstrators March Miles in Chicago’s Prop 8 Protest
Thousands of Proposition 8 protesters marched miles through the streets to a large demonstration in downtown Chicago today, to support and pressure the courts to overturn the passage of a same-sex marriage ban in California. The Chicago rally was one of at least 150 protests that took place nationwide subsequent to the vote on Proposition 8 in California.
In Chicago, protesters gathered at The Federal Plaza, carrying rainbow-colored flags and signs with messages like “Fix Marriage, Not Gays” and “Repeal Proposition 8.” Organizers said they hoped to achieve “full marriage equality” in Illinois. But more importantly, they said, they wanted to show solidarity with the California gay community and pressure that state’s Supreme Court to overturn Proposition 8.
Many of the demonstrators directed their anger toward the various faiths that supported the vote to ban gay marriage with volunteers and large financial donations. But for the most part, their mood was upbeat, singing along with the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus in a rendition of “Down by the Riverside.” After a few hours, the demonstrators left The Federal Plaza and marched through the streets, among policemen on bicycle and horseback, to City Hall, The Thompson Center and ultimately down Michigan Avenue. A Chicago police spokeswoman said the rally went smoothly with no arrests despite demonstrators blocking weekend street traffic along Chicago’s busy Michigan Avenue.
Demonstrators March Miles in Chicago’s Prop 8 Protest
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