Thursday, December 11, 2008

Call in Gay!

By Ben Trott

Yesterday, on the 60th anniversary of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, gay and lesbian groups in the US were asking people to '
Call in Gay' and take the day off work. The Day Without a Gay campaign (a nod to the Day Without an Immigrant one-day strike on May 1, 2006) was in response to the passing of Proposition 8 in California. 'Prop 8' was attached to the November 4 election ballot and removed the right of same-sex couples to marry in the State.

In the weeks which have followed, protests have taken place against Prop 8 and its equivalents elsewhere across the United States. California-based gay media reporter, Rex Wockner, has been reporting on the protests, the largest of which so far took place on November 15 in all fifty states.

A growing number of prominent personalities in the US have spoken out against the legislative change - although many of them only after the ballots were cast. The video below is one of the more lighthearted protests.

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