Web only: California voters affect community in Indiana

 

Weekend protest draws nearly 100

 

On Saturday, a group of nearly 100 people gathered in front of the City-County Building in Indianapolis at 1:30 in the afternoon to protest the passing of Proposition 8 in California and similar ballot initiatives in Florida and Arizona.

“We are here in protest of what California did to the gay and lesbian people [of that state],” said Tom Gayler, 60, who stood with his partner, Gregg Humerickhouse, 42, of Indianapolis.

Proposition 8 was a state ballot initiative in California to add an amendment to the California state Constitution banning gay marriage. This ballot initiative passed on Nov. 4, with 52 percent of the vote, changing gay marriage in California from legal to illegal.

The demonstration was part of a larger national protest that organizers hoped would be the largest national demonstration since the civil rights movement. With protests being held in every state across the country, organizers are hoping to grab the attention of people nationwide. In a note to the local press, organizers said, “This is not a California issue. This is an issue of equality across America.” This was a sentiment echoed by the diverse crowd of supporters.

“I think everyone deserves equal rights,” said Christina Hewell, 21, of Indianapolis. “I can’t look someone in the eye and say they deserve less than me.”

Kacey Dillon, 14, of Indianapolis, said she came to show support for her mother. She held a sign that read, “Let my moms get married.” She was also out supporting her gay sister.

Brooke and Ross Baker, both 29, of Indianapolis, brought their son Will Baker, 2, with them to the protest. “We wanted to come out and promote equal rights for everyone,” Brooke said.

In Indiana a similar initiative has been proposed, but never left the state Legislature. With the passing of Proposition 8 in California, some are worried that conservatives will try again in Indiana.

“It will resurface in Indiana,” Humerickhouse said. “I don’t think the [conservatives] will ease up.”

 

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