Extremely Civil Disobedience: Prop. 8 Protests Peaceful -- So Far
|Peaceful demonstrators shut down the intersection of Van Ness and Grove|
So far, demonstrations against the California Supreme Court's decision today to uphold a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage have not been marked by any of the water hoses, chucked stones, police dogs, or tear-gas canisters that have accompanied earlier generations' civil-rights struggles. In San Francisco, that's not such a big surprise. The city government itself has firmly allied itself with supporters of gay marriage. Who would expect police officers to crack down on champions of the same cause the mayor has claimed as his own and for which the city attorney has fought in court?
|No hard feelings|
|They've got friends in City Hall|
Is this too tepid a response to a court ruling that advocates of same-sex marriage say reduces them to second-class citizens? Probably not. Any violence attributed to gay-rights activists would doubtless trigger the sort of backlash generated by some of the over-the-top reactions to the passage of Prop. 8 last fall, which prompted Newt Gingrich to denounce, on national television, "a gay and secular fascism that wants to impose its will on the rest of us."
Grist for the mill of Gingrich and his ilk is certainly not what same-sex marriage advocates want to offer up as they proceed to the next phase in their struggle, which by all indications will take place -- again -- at the ballot box.