According to Facebook downtown Cincinnati is going to be packed on Saturday.
The Facebook event, Ohio Street Protest For Gay Marriage!, has well over 2,500 “attendees” that plan to take over the Fountain Square (520 Vine Street) in Cincinnati this weekend. The event is slated for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, just three days before the election, and will feature speeches from Chris Seelbach, an openly gay candidate running for Cincy’s City Council, and Ed Mullen, executive director of Equality Ohio.
And, according to Equality Ohio, it’s all been planned by 17-year-old Adam Hoover of Harrison, Ohio.
Here’s more from EO:
Seventeen-year-old Adam Hoover of Harrison, OH, has organized a rally in support of same-sex marriage set to begin at 11a.m., Saturday, November 5, 2011, in the city’s Fountain Square. Hundreds of people have indicated on Facebook that they will attend.
The rally will feature a lineup of speakers including openly gay candidate for Cincinnati City Council, Chris Seelbach, and Equality Ohio Executive Director, Ed Mullen.
Hoover was motivated by Ohio’s constitutional amendment and state law prohibiting same-sex marriages. The constitutional amendment passed by ballot initiative in November 2004. Ohio law prohibits same-sex marriage and does not recognize same-sex marriages from others states. Iowa, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriages to be performed under state law.
Ed Mullen of Equality Ohio says: “The attention this rally has garnered among the press and public is a strong indicator that opinion on same-sex marriage is changing rapidly in Ohio. As other states legalize same-sex marriage, people around the country see loving, same-sex couples make lifetime commitments and realize that those couples deserve the same rights and responsibilities of any other committed couple.”
I so wish I was heading down to Cincy this weekend for all the excitement. Hit up the comments and let me know if you’ll be there.