Saturday, December 16, 2006

One Last Rally

The anti-gay organization, VoteOnMarriage, has held a few rallies across the state recently. They are supposedly to show the legislature that people all over Massachusetts want to vote on civil rights.

These rallies have been met each time by pro-equality supporters drowning out the anti-gay crowd.

At the New Bedford rally pro-equality supporters actually outnumbered the anti-gay crowd two to one at their own rally. Think I am exaggerating? Read the newspaper article.

"About 100 people rallying at City Hall in support of efforts to place on the ballot a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage yesterday were confronted by double their number in opponents."
That is certainly a bad sign for VoteOnMarriage.

At the Barnstable rally the pro-equality side nearly matched our opponent's turnout. There were cha
nts of "Equal Rights" and "Give It Up" as the anti-gay ringleader, Massachusetts 'Family' Institute President, Kris Mineau spoke about "tyranny today in our commonwealth."

At the Springfield rally the pro-equality side kicked the bigots out of their own rally. VoteOnMarriage never actually secured a permit for their rally. MassEquality realized this and quickly filed for a permit for the same time and place as the VoteOnMarriage rally.

The bigots showed up with their signs and sound system. Then the pro-equality forces stepped in and produced their permit. The LGBT crowd kicked out the bigots and had a rally of their own. The anti-gay crowd was forced across the street into a small park.

There is one last rally in Worcester Today at 1:30PM at City Hall. It should be quite a sight. I encourage everyone in the area to attend and wave goodbye to the bigots. My favorite chant, "You Lost. Go Home. Get Over It."


At 2:28 AM, Blogger Ryan Adams said...

The New Bedford Rally was quite entertaining - I loved the fact that we completely outnumbered them and drowned out their "let the people vote" chants with a simple "equal rights."

If it weren't for the fact that I'm in the middle of finals and have a LOT of work to do, I'd totally be going to Worcester. Alas.

At 8:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday, December 17, 2006
Worcester rally takes ugly turn

Gay marriage backer pushed

WORCESTER— Tempers boiled over at an anti-gay marriage rally yesterday when the executive director of the Boston-based Catholic Citizenship emerged from behind a lectern outside City Hall, rushed toward a female counter-demonstrator, and pushed her to the ground.

Sarah Loy, 27, of Worcester was holding a sign in defense of same-sex marriage amid a sea of green “Let the People Vote” signs when Larry Cirignano of Canton, who heads the Catholic Citizenship group, ran into the crowd, grabbed her by both shoulders and told her, “You need to get out. You need to get out of here right now.” Mr. Cirignano then pushed her to the ground, her head slamming against the concrete sidewalk.

“It was definitely assault and battery,” said Ronal C. Madnick, director of the Worcester County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. Police interviewed Mr. Madnick and several others moments after the incident.


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