Gay Marriage Supporters in Weho Cheer Ruling on Prop. 8

Hundreds of gay couples and community leaders march from the new Weho library, welcoming the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision.

Hundreds gathered for a rally in West Hollywood on Tuesday night in support of the that affirmed the unconstitutionality of California's ban on same-sex marriage.

Mayor John Duran was all smiles as city officials and community members converged in the auto court of the new West Hollywood Library on San Vicente Boulevard. The triumphant crowd cheered and waved rainbow flags.

"I think what's important for the community to think about is that [while] this is an important day, this is a lifetime struggle. It's a marathon," Duran told Patch. "It's a big step forward, but not the end of the race."

John Lincoln, who braved traffic from San Fernando Valley to make it to the rally, was one of more than 300 proudly raising "It's Time For Marriage Equality" signs made by Love Honor Cherish—an organization dedicated solely to the repeal of Prop. 8 that organized the Weho event.

"When I heard the news this morning, I thought this could be a unifying moment for us," Lincoln said. "When Prop. 8 passed, it splintered our community. We should be working as a single unit, exploring every option available to us."

NoH8 founder Adam Bouska, longtime LGBT rights activist Diane Abbit, gay rights lawyer Jon Davidson, and Rev. Dr. Neil Thomas spoke to the attendees before the march.

Thomas, the senior pastor at the Metropolitan Community Church in Los Angeles, riled up the crowd with an enthusiastic speech.

"You are just as loved as anyone in this country," he yelled out. "We need to remember that today's victory means there is still work to do."

Around 6:30 p.m., West Hollywood Sheriff's deputies guided the group across San Vicente Boulevard and up to Santa Monica Boulevard. People driving by honked in support as the troupe braced a bit of drizzle and walked eastbound to Westbourne Drive and back toward the library.

After the rally dispersed about 7:30 p.m., the crowd spilled out onto the West Hollywood streets to celebrate.

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GoodGriefCharlieBrown June 08, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Paul, I refer you to today's L.A. Times (Thur. June 7, 2012, Page AA6) "Gay teens report more unhappiness. They worry about which hall they should walk down at school...and whether they need to hide their identity from their family." (Chad Griffin, Human Rights Campaign President.) I would like to respond in kind to your posts: I see in your picture, you are trying to flaunt your aging biceps, obviously oblivious to how ridiculous and queeny you look. There is nothing more disgusting than an old queen who tries to look like a twink in public and thinks they're actually succeeding. If you want to know who is a public embarrassment to other gay people, look in the mirror. It is tired old judgemental queens like you who are contributing to the violence and hate crimes agains gay men & women. You don't even make a convincing bully. If you are too angry, insecure and filled with self hate to help, try to control your evil old queen urge to attack and hurt other gay people. I find young gay men much more attractive when they are being themselves than shriveled up old queens such as yourself who actually think they are masculine and have no idea how blatnently flamboyant they are. Do you have chains in your closet? You're not pulling it off, Mary.
joninla June 08, 2012 at 08:38 AM
"militants" of any cause/issue actually play a very important role. For example, when ACT UP was first created and going to far with 'militant' and violent protests, I was actually really angry, believing they were doing more harm than any good to the cause of just making the AIDS crisis known and acknowledged. Since that time, although I still don't think any protest should be 'militant', but I am usually in the vast majority of people who agree, I can see how the FEW 'militant protestors' of a cause are important to the real issue. Back again with ACT UP, there was not even an acceptance of any Gay group. But because of the events, including the over the top 'militant' Act Up, suddenly the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) suddenly looks from the perspective of 'haters' as a much more desirable and acceptable organized group to begin a dialogue .... Which has really progress up to what is such a great moment and act by Obama. HRC these days is so large, strong and apart of the process, they are beginning to look like someday very soon, they will be indistinguishable from the other major Lobbying Groups who sometimes get too much power and lose sight of their goal. Meanwhile, all gay people now live in a Country with fewer threats, less violence, increased self-acceptance and so on .... People who don't/can't take part are just as worthy of the benefits of whatever others 'needed' to do. Gratitude to the predecessors of our generation is common.
joninla June 08, 2012 at 08:44 AM
I just don't think calling people who didn't participate a coward is fair or accurate. People do whatever they can. Some people can do more than others. For whatever reason someone may not have actively participated in any movement should not cause them to have the additional label of 'coward' put on them. But I do agree, and we all owe the entire start of the gay equality movement to those drag queens being dragged out of the Stonewall bar and put in the Paddy Waggon. In their heels and boots, they had suffered enough, and they (the drag queens many gay people think are gays-gone-too-far or worse) said no more and fought the police, risking their lives and creating what we enjoy (and all to often take for granted as being this accepted outside of weho) and owe a lifetime of appreciation to those NY Drag Queens. :)
Paul June 08, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Good grief Charlie Brown! I think I know who you are which would explain why you would take this personal. You ONLY make my point more clear at how gay people react to those who disagree with there cause. Name calling is childish. Sticks & stones........ The gay community for me is NOT a community I have ever understood or support. Most of the gay people I associate with are people who share my feelings. Not every gay person cares about gay marriage. It use to be the most vocal were nasty, militant gays who like to make a lot of noise about non sense. I personally don't support gay marriage but if gay people want to get married I wish they would be allowed to so they would just shut the "F" up about it already!
Paul June 08, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Name calling what people do when they have nothing to add to the topic. Just for the record though my aging biceps could snap Charlie Brown's neck any day.


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