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Sunday, April 18, 2004

Protestors march for gay marriage
Ryan Masse,
Protesters March to Capitol for Gay Marriage
By Ryan Masse
The Civil Marriage Equality Coalition held a rally on the Capitol steps Saturday afternoon in support of civil marriage rights for all citizens in Wisconsin.

The rally began with protesters gathering on Library Mall before marching along State Street, and culminating with speeches on the Capitol steps from various community leaders.

One speaker, Mary Beth Deetz, spoke of applying for and being denied a marriage license in February, eliciting boos from the audience. Deetz said she applied for the license to "raise awareness of the discrimination" she faces every day.

Deetz said the constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman in Wisconsin was not an issue of marriage but rather homophobia. She likened homophobia to a disease, citing the amendment as a symptom.


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