November 15, 2008

Rally Against H8 - Denver

I dropped off Tucker at the groomer's and headed to downtown Denver for the Big Rally against H8. When I got there...a bit late since I had to drive around and around to find a parking spot. $.85 (all my change) later I had 51 minutes to participate. The rally started at 11:30, but by the time I walked from the parking meter to the Denver City and County Court house, it was noon. This is the sea of humanity:




















An as you can see, we are ALL Americans. And as such, we should ALL have the same rights. Even if it's against our better judgment to get married, if we do, then we should at least have the rights and responsibilities ALL married folk have here in America.




















I was obviously a beautiful day in Denver to have a rally! Our future's so bright, we all gotta wear shades...or at least shade the camera!




















It was good to see so many people coming together to protest such a horrible precedent such as this where a proposition put to the people is one that TAKES AWAY rights. No matter what your personal stand on marriage between any two people might be, taking AWAY rights of a minority group by the majority group is a bad bad bad thing. And it's definitely not what we, the majority of Americans, can support.





















I'm not sure who the woman speaking is, but she was running the rally. Or at least she was keeping it moving along....speaker...singing...another speaker...some more singing...




















There were a lot of signs. One had a WHOLE paragraph explaining the two parts of marriage:
1. The civil marriage which is the legal rights portion, conferred by the law of the land.
2. The religious marriage which is the one sanctioned by the church of your choice.





















America is a country founded on a few principles, one of which is the separation of church and state. As such, the CIVIL right of CIVIL marriage should be available to any two human beings regardless of gender (although I do believe that children probably ought not get married...of course that opens another can of worms). If the word "marriage" needs to be stricken from the law and replaced with "union", I'm fine with that. As long as the rights and responsibilities of what was formerly called "marriage" now applies to "union" and as long as those rights and responsibilities are extended to all citizens. Not that I have any current plans to get civilly unioned. Applications are being accepted however...

11 comments:

lynt said...

like that term, civilly unioned. heh. better a sunny day for the rally than the cold drizzle we had here in cincinnati. decent crowd, but would have been better without the rain. i'll post pics eventually...

TheWeyrd1 said...

Lynt...let us know when you post them!

Jdancer8 said...

didn't know that madison was having one but apparently it did. I wish I did participate, seeing that April and I have commitment ceremonied our love---should have went back east and done it in NH where its legal for a civil union---oh well...someday my friends some day...accepting applications? perhaps you should have a search committee team to help you do the interviews ;o)

hope you had a good weekend.

citizen of the world said...

I just fail to see why it isn't a given. Sometimes we strike me as such a primitive culture still.

TheWeyrd1 said...

J...well you can't say I didn't tell you about the Rally...lol I suggest going to CT to get married...or Mass...and then you could live in NY if you want, cause they'll recognize any legally sanctioned marriage...pretty much...

Citizen...as good as we are, this is one of our big failings as a country...

Jdancer8 said...

dont you find it funny that england recognizes marriage between any couple---the country from which the settlers of this country fled from for the main reason of separatin of church and state---that pretty much says we're walking more then a few steps behind---just some food for thought.

TheWeyrd1 said...

J...good observation!

LostInColor said...

Great pictures!!! Look at all the people! Ours was so small compared, but I was glad I wasn't the only one to show up! :) I wished I remembered my camera.

TheWeyrd1 said...

Lost...that's why I love my Treo 700...it has a camera too!

Jannie said...

I think that one guy's sign says it best "All you need is love."

Amen

TheWeyrd1 said...

Jannie...I agree!