Last night, the rallies in support of marriage equality this week got a big kick off in San Francisco, Chicago, New York and elsewhere. More to come – see the full list here and get thee to a rally.
First off, our own big rally in San Francisco – where about 2,000 folks met at the Castro and marched down Market Street:
At the San Francisco rally, people continue to arrive. Castro is halfway shut down. People are spilling out into the street. They’re asking us to move to get ready to depart. We will be following a marriage equality truck down Market Street to Civic Center.
The Dallas Voice reports on the rally in Dallas:
Hundreds of marriage equality supporters gathered at the Legacy of Love Monument in Oak Lawn on Monday night to mark the eve of oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in two marriage equality cases. The rally was one of hundreds across the country in the United For Marriage: Light the Way to Justice campaign, as the high court prepared to take up cases challenging California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act on Tuesday and Wednesday. Rallies were also held Monday in Denton, Fort Worth and several other Texas cities.
SDGLN has the scoop on the San Diego rally:
Hundreds of supporters of marriage equality gathered late Monday afternoon at the Federal Courthouse downtown, cheering speakers who called for the striking down of California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). “We stand here on the shoulders of great civil rights leaders who fought before us,” said Navy veteran Sean Sala, the local LGBT activist who organized the “Light The Way To Justice” rally.
Go Pride has the details on Chicago’s rally:
Nearly 400 gay rights activists and supporters of marriage equality rallied Monday in downtown Chicago as the Supreme Court is set to take up same-sex marriage this week… Speaking at the rally were Vernita Gray, GLN’s Andy Thayer, TCRA’s Rick Garcia and Richard Streetman, Kim Hunt and Rev. Suzanne-Anderson Hurdle.
And The Advocate reports on the NYC rally:
New Yorkers this weekend joined people all over the country in rallying for marriage equality with a march through Greenwich Village. It was followed by a candlelight vigil in Times Square organized by activist David Mixner.
Find a rally near you.