Thursday, March 05, 2009

The Gay Marriage Circus in Civic Center Plaza



Pro and anti Proposition 8 advocates were out in force Thursday morning in Civic Center Plaza...



...many of them watching a big screen live broadcast of the arguments at the California Supreme Court across the street on McAllister.



The majority of the crowd consisted of gay marriage proponents who wanted Proposition 8 overturned by the court, but on the fringes of the crowd there were small groups arguing with the anti-gay marriage advocates...



...most of whom seemed to be wearing red T-shirts emblazoned with Marriage 1 Man 1 Woman on the front and presumably the same message in Chinese on the back.



In San Francisco's City Hall, with its "Spiraling Echoes" soundscape bouncing around...



...there were three young people with red T-shirts standing around the Harvey Milk statue which seemed beyond irony.



The questions from the Supreme Court judges were not particularly promising for those who are hoping they will rule Proposition 8 unconstitutional...



...but that didn't stop the religious zealots from carrying their "Stop Judicial Tyranny" signage around...



...in the middle of the gay rights crowd.



Favorite signage of the day goes to Jack Fertig, above, who in another incarnation was a gay man working at the Jewish Community Center who became Sister Boom Boom and helped found the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Thirty-plus years down the road, Mr. Fertig has become a Muslim for the last six years, and in that role was pointing out the hypocrisy of Christians demanding religious laws trump all other. "Church and state need to be separated completely," he told me, to which I replied "Amen."

7 comments:

Joe Lynn said...

Save Biblical marriage? For real? Must be Mormons wanting the return of polygamy.

Matty Boy said...

Sister Boom Boom continues to find the cutting edge of pissing off the hidebound. Good on ya, Mr. Fertig!

momo said...

On the one hand, it was fascinating to be able to hear some of the proceedings before the Supreme Court. On the other hand, it was extremely upsetting to hear the justices ask a question then cut off the answer. It reminded me of my nightmares about my PhD orals. I just have to hope that this kind of tetchy judicial questioning is the way they push the lawyers to make their best case. Ironically, i"m a straight woman who rejects marriage for myself as an institution oppressive to women, but my daughter's two dads would benefit enormously if they could legalize their relationship in this country

Larry-bob said...

I asked one of the big blond guys holding the big two-man signs saying "Traditional Marriage" with a checkbox next to it what country he was born in, after I heard him speaking in some Eastern European tongue. He said "Belarus."

janinsanfran said...

I was hoping you'd cover it. Circus, I'm sure.

sfmike said...

Dear larry-bob: From what I've been able to make out, the majority of the adults and teenagers demanding "Traditional Marriage" were from Christian evangelical churches made up of conservative recent emigres from Eastern Europe (Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, etc.) I guess there's a huge Slavic Baptist church in Sacramento that was also very much involved. Weird.

alephnaught said...

Did you know some homophobe's linking directly to one of the images from this page without permission?

http://christiansforamoraluk.blogspot.com/2011/12/david-cameron-claims-uk-is-christian.html

Maybe you should replace http://idisk.mac.com/mstrickla/Public/03040993.jpg with an image saying "I'M A THIEVING HOMOPHOBIC BELL-END" :)