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Marriage Equality and the Struggle for Civil Rights
by Mike Rhodes ( editor [at] fresnoalliance.com )
Saturday May 30th, 2009 8:54 PM
Thousands of marriage equality activists came to Fresno from throughout the state to protest the Supreme Court decision on proposition 8. A15 mile march for civil rights by about 100 marriage equality activists walked in the scorching valley heat from Selma to Fresno started the day. About 3,000 people were waiting for them when they arrived at Fresno City Hall. Organizers of today’s Meet in the Middle rally chose Fresno because of the need to shift public opinion in the Central Valley on the marriage equality issue. Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage, won by a wide margin in Fresno and other valley towns.

§2:52 minute audio report on the march and rally
by Mike Rhodes Saturday May 30th, 2009 8:54 PM
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§March from Selma
by Mike Rhodes Saturday May 30th, 2009 8:54 PM

About 100 marriage equality activists marched 15 miles from Selma to Fresno.
§Marchers about 3 miles outside of Fresno
by Mike Rhodes Saturday May 30th, 2009 8:54 PM

§Marchers for Justice
by Mike Rhodes Saturday May 30th, 2009 8:54 PM

It was a long HOT march
§Several Hundred Marchers Joined the March at this location
by Mike Rhodes Saturday May 30th, 2009 8:54 PM

Several Hundred Marchers Joined the March about 2 miles from City Hall.
§The Marchers Chanted and Cheered as they Arrived
by Mike Rhodes Saturday May 30th, 2009 8:54 PM

§Marcher Arrives at City Hall
by Mike Rhodes Saturday May 30th, 2009 8:54 PM

§A Face in the Crowd
by Mike Rhodes Saturday May 30th, 2009 8:54 PM

§A View of the Crowd from City Hall
by Mike Rhodes Saturday May 30th, 2009 8:54 PM

The participants at the rally spread out down P street and up the Mariposa Mall at this well organized march and rally.
§Some of the Participants Cheer for a Speaker
by Mike Rhodes Saturday May 30th, 2009 8:54 PM

§Molly McKay
by Mike Rhodes Saturday May 30th, 2009 8:54 PM

Molly McKay’s speech was Marriage Equality as the Cornerstone of the Movement.
§Not Your Usual Fresno Tourists
by Mike Rhodes Saturday May 30th, 2009 8:54 PM