Your correspondent accompanied Brother Martin, presiding chaplain of the ULC Monastery, to the Marriage Equality rally held last Saturday in Seattle. The protest was one of dozens taking place over the weekend in cities across the USA.

The issue dominated both broadcast and print media giving indication that the recent passage of Prop. 8 in California has shocked people out of complacency and galvanized a movement.

The event was not without its detractors, mostly of the hellfire and brimstone stripe whose efforts to be seen and heard seemed largely futile. Opponents of gay marriage long for the ‘golden years’ of ‘traditional values’ when homosexuality was taboo same-sex marriage was inconceivable. But to paraphrase a comedian John Stewart, “the tradition in America is a tradition of individual freedoms” and “gay marriage is the next step.”

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