Protest set for today in Piedmont Park

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Protesters joined two events in Atlanta on Nov. 15 as part of a national day of action calling attention to the voter-approved Proposition 8 in California that banned same-sex unions.

Same-sex marriage will again take center stage in Atlanta on Tuesday.

Gay marriage activists are organizing a rally set for 5:30 p.m. in Piedmont Park. When the event — part of a national campaign called Day of Decision — was announced, organizers from GLBTATL weren’t sure if it would become a celebration of gay marriage once again being legal in California or a protest of the state’s Supreme Court decision upholding Proposition 8. With the 6-1 decision now public, it’s clear the event is shifting gears to become a protest.

And a noisy one at that. Organizers want people to bring whistles, their friends and even the candidates who want to become Atlanta’s next mayor. (Project Q Atlanta will blog live from the event.)

From GLBTATL’s event invitation:

The California Supreme Court has upheld Proposition 8. We will be in the streets protesting this ruling.

Today, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling that allows hate and discrimination to be written into its State Constitution.

The ruling has made us Second Class Citizens in the least likely of places. Join GLBTATL at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park at 5:30pm — to protest.

Be there, to continue to make our voice be heard. Equality. Now. 5:30pm — until we are HEARD! LOUD and CLEAR!

(Please enter at 14th St. & Piedmont — it should be the most MARTA-friendly entrance.)

Let’s rally the troops, and get EVERYONE we know to turn out! Work the phones. Work the net. Rally straight allies, and WE SHOULD EXPECT all of the MAYOR HOPEFULS will turn up and show their support. (At this time, they have all been contacted.) Bring your signs. Bring your whistles. This is a grass roots rally, so let’s make it happen!

Work Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and everything you can to bring out people.

Send a message like:

Do you think you can help us rally some people at Piedmont Park @ or around 5:30pm on Tuesday? (The CA Supreme Court has allowed anti-gay bias to be written into its State Constitution.)

Ask people to bring whistles, etc. and, basically, make noise?

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