Hundreds showed up Saturday to support Charleston's gays and lesbians as part of a global rally for equality. We hated to miss it, but Priscilla Thomas provided some terrific shots from the event.
Here are the details:
Saturday, Nov 15
Time: 1:30 - gather in Liberty Square (360 Concord St)
1:45 - walk from Liberty square to King Street via Calhoun Street and back.
2:15 - Re-gather in Liberty square.
We will have speakers and music
3:00 - crowed will disperse
3:00-3:30 volunteers will help clean up the park.
Info has been updated in a later post.
If you think that Califonia's Prop 8 doesn't impact us here, there are gay and lesbian couples here in Charleston who went across the county to marry.
GOP running mate Sarah Palin spent her weekend telling the 700 Club that she would support a federal amendment to the Constitution banning gay marriage.
The Log Cabin Republicans leader Patrick Sammon (a good guy) spent a few moments today trying to defend their endorsement of Sen. John McCain.
We disagree with Gov. Palin on this issue, but we're glad that Sen. McCain agrees with us. The president sets the policy for the administration. Sen. McCain twice voted against the federal marriage amendment and continues to believe the states should decide this issue.
While we can all be comforted that "the president sets the policy," it's not the best argument considering McCain's age and history of cancer.
The fact that Mr. McCain has had no recurrence for eight years is in his favor. But cancer experts see the 10th anniversary as an important statistical benchmark, and that would not occur until 2010.
We're talking about a federal ban on gay marriage. We'd suggest Log Cabins take a page from Colin Powell and, at least for this election, abandon the party that has abandoned them.
From an upcoming interview on the 700 Club (yes, I know, I was surprised that show's still around too):
Brody: On Constitutional marriage amendment, are, are you for something like that?
Palin: I am, in my own, state, I have voted along with the vast majority of Alaskans who had the opportunity to vote to amend our Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman. I wish on a federal level that that's where we would go because I don't support gay marriage. I'm not going to be out there judging individuals, sitting in a seat of judgment telling what they can and can't do, should and should not do, but I certainly can express my own opinion here and take actions that I believe would be best for traditional marriage and that's casting my votes and speaking up for traditional marriage that, that instrument that it's the foundation of our society is that strong family and that's based on that traditional definition of marriage, so I do support that.