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Indybay FeatureRelated Categories: San Francisco | Government & Elections | LGBTI / Queer
In the Streets Vs. Proposition H8
Thousands of people took to the streets of San Francisco in opposition to the California Supreme Court's decision upholding Proposition 8 and banning gay marriage in the state.
Thousands rallied at city hall at 5 pm. Some of the most moving statements were from gay couples speaking about the decision. After a march to Yerba Buena Gardens, many people didn't feel like they had expressed their anger and outrage at this act of blatant discrimination. While some speakers were telling people "if they give you lemons, make lemonade" many others were going up against the police who tried to block in the demonstration. The protest eventually broke though police lines and continued the march. One woman was brutalized by the police and, I think arrested. A much more angry and liberated march, went back down Market Street to the Castro. Popular chant was, "Not the church, Not the State, we will decide our fate" and "When Queer people are under attack, what do we do? Act Up! Fight Back!" At least half the crowd from the initial rally joined the march to the Castro. When reaching the Castro hundreds (probably more like a thousand all together) people sat in the middle of the street at Market and Castro while various people took turns speaking on the bullhorn.