Marriage protest brewing in Atlanta

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imageA protest is brewing in Atlanta as part of an effort for a national action by gay men and lesbians over the passage of same-sex marriage bans in California last week.

Join the Impact is attempting to organize actions in cities across the U.S. on Nov. 15 to call attention to the passage of Proposition 8, which puts in place a marriage ban in California after 18,000 gay couples married earlier this year. Voters in Florida and Arizona also approved bans on same-sex unions last week, bringing to 30 the number of states that specifically ban gay marriage. Georgia approved a similar measure in 2004.

In Atlanta, about three dozen people have said they plan to participate in a protest on Saturday, according to a Facebook page with details of the event. The Atlanta March for Human Rights is scheduled for 5 p.m. at 10th and Piedmont in Midtown. The event coincides with protests scheduled in cities across the country, including New York, Cleveland, St. Louis, New Orleans. Boston and Philadelphia.

imageOrganizers are hoping to follow up on protests in California and Utah over the weekend, according to their web site:

On the steps of your City Hall on November 15th at 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST, our community WILL take to the streets and speak out against Proposition 8 and all of the other pro-equality losses that we have faced in our lifetimes, in our parents’ lifetimes, and for many generations before us. WE CAN’T DO THIS ALONE! WE NEED YOUR HELP! We need organizers in every major city to work with us and get out the protest! I know you’re all tired from all of the work you’ve done for this great election year, but I’m asking for one more push! Let the country hear our voices together. Let them see that we are a strong, adamant, and powerful community that deserves equal rights, and CAN’T BE DEFEATED!

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