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Gay and Straight Rally Against Prop 8 in CO Saturday



November 14, 2008

Denver, CO - Protests against California's recently passed Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage, have spread to the Centennial State. A rally and march is planned for Saturday in Denver.

Jill Roat is with By The People, an equal rights group in Denver and one of the rally's organizers. She says Prop 8 should concern everyone, both gay and straight.

"When any group is being oppressed it affects the entire population, and it's important that everyone show up to fight for what's right."

Roat explains the message they hope to send at the rally is simple:

"Equal rights means absolute equality between all people. We've already shown in this country that 'separate but equal' does not work and, when you have separate laws for separate people, you're not going to have equality."

While Roat feels Colorado still has a long way to go in achieving equal rights for all, she sees the state making progress.

"With the turnout that we're going to have Saturday, it shows that we're definitely taking a step forward. It's going to take time."

Proposition 8 overturned a court ruling that had allowed gay marriage in California. Supporters of the proposition believe marriage is defined as only between a man and a woman. In Roat's view, however, the real issue is that everyone be allowed the same rights.

The rally starts at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Denver City and County building, followed by a march on the 16th Street Mall.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO