There was a time when I held signs at rallies, it has been a long time since I have done that, but here I am at Boston City Hall on March 26th, 2013, doing just that. One of the principle speakers at the rally was then-Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, who said, according to Boston Magazine:
“There are a lot of tough decisions I make every day as mayor,” Menino said during Tuesday’s rally at City Hall Plaza. “But supporting marriage equality has always been an easy call for me. It should be an easy call for the Supreme Court today, and tomorrow. Look at all the gains we have made in the past year or so … we shouldn’t let justices stop our momentum we have in America today.”
Another speaker was then-Congressman Ed Markey, who was running for U.S. Senate to succeed U. S. Senator John Kerry, stating that he was one of 67 of 435 House members that voted against DOMA, noting: “Only 29 of us are left. I was proud to stand with Barney Frank and Gerry Studds.”
Many other speakers included then-State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry; State Representative, and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Dan Winslow; West Roxbury resident Alejandra St. Guillen, Executive Director of Oiste; Carol Rose, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts; and Francisco White, writer for The Rainbow Times, and future candidate for the Boston City Council in 2013. DOMA was, of course, struck down.