On the heels of California's Supreme Court decision to uphold Prop 8, and with barely 24 hours notice, hundreds of people rallied in Dupont Circle last night to voice their support for marriage equality. The light drizzle and unseasonably chilly temperature did nothing to dampen the lively, charged atmosphere, nor did they muffle the thundering of gays and straights shouting "Marriage Equality Now!" Those and other rallying cries literally rang back as echoes from surrounding buildings off the circle, giving life to the speakers' exhortations that the District of Columbia would fight for and win marriage equality formally this year.
The Court's decision to uphold Prop 8 is a wake-up call to the LGBT community that we cannot sit on the sidelines and hope that some Supreme Court's justices will come to our rescue. We must stand up and give voice to the momentum that is building in this country to win full marriage equality for every member of our community. Californians along with all other Americans are now looking to us in the District to expand the map of marriage equality by adding the nation's capital. Now is the time to translate your anger at bigotry and discrimination like Prop 8 into real action to win the rights and freedom we deserve.