Although Proposition 8 passed, the battle is clearly far from over. I took part in the Marriage Equality rally Saturday evening in downtown Laguna, and I came away with two observations:
First, the Laguna Beach Police Department deserves recognition for helping make this peaceful protest safe for everyone.
We acknowledge that 1,200 yelling, chanting people marching down Broadway to Main Beach and back must be a pain in the neck, but the force was with us. Thank you, LBPD, for your help and cooperation as we exercised our 1st Amendment rights to peaceful public assembly and free speech.
Second, I felt proud and optimistic to be one of the throng. I marched with gays, straights, teenagers, soccer moms and dads, doctors, artists, lawyers, Realtors, women in tutus, grandmas, grandpas, families with babies and children, recent and long-ago immigrants — all of these people felt strongly enough about the civil rights of other Californians to spend part of their Saturday night expressing their view with others who felt the same.