Bowling Green protestors speak out against gay marriage ban

Proposition 8 protestor, Jennifer Dietsch
Proposition 8 protestor, Jennifer Dietsch
Reported by Colleen Wells -
Posted by Nick Dutton -

BOWLING GREEN, OH (WTOL) - Thousands of protestors gathered across the country, Saturday, to speak out against Proposition 8. That's the gay marriage ban voters approved in California earlier this month.

Dozens of people gathered in Bowling Green to show their displeasure with the passage of Proposition 8.

Chants for equality filled BGSU's Student Union Oval as some 40 people braved a cold snowy afternoon to tote signs of protest against California's gay marriage ban, called Proposition 8.

It reversed a previous decision to allow gay marriage in the state.

"The point of this is to say it's not okay," said Annie Russell, the BGSU protest organizer. "Gay people, lesbian people should have the same marriage equality rights as any heterosexual couples."

Although there were songs, dance and even costumes, protestors said Proposition 8 is a serious matter. They say it effects not only Californians, but people across the country, even here in northwest Ohio.

"It legislates discrimination, and making discrimination law in any part of the united states in wrong," said Corky Dunsmore, who disagrees with the new legislation.

"What is so wrong?" asked protester Jennifer Dietsch. "What causes harm when two consenting adults get legal rights so they can protect each other, and take care of each other?"

These protesters are part of a bigger, national protest, with people gathering in major cities across the country.

Although they admit it may be an uphill battle, demonstrators say they won't stop demanding equal rights.