Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Thousands protest Prop 8 in Manhattan

As activists around the country continue to react to the California Supreme Court's decision to uphold Proposition 8, more than 2,000 people took to the streets of lower Manhattan to protest.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joined Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah and other activists and elected officials.

"What [the] California [Supreme Court] did was wrong," Quinn said. "There is no other way to describe it. It was wrong."

Quinn, who came to the rally in Union Square after lobbying state Senators in Albany to pass the marriage bill their Assembly counterparts endorsed earlier this month, reminded those in attendance there are 24 days left in the current legislative session.

"That's all it will take," she said.

New Yorkers march on 14th Street in Manhattan to protest Prop 8.

Protesters approach Union Square in lower Manhattan.

New Yorkers express solidarity with their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters in California.

Protesters urge their legislators in the state Senate to back marriage for same-sex couples.

This sign perhaps sums up today's Prop 8 decision best.

Protesters in lower Manhattan criticized President Obama for not publicly taking a stand on Prop 8 and marriage for same-sex couples since he entered the White House.

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