More than 4,000 people showed up in Manhattan for what gay-rights activists were calling a national day of protest, with other rallies taking place across California and in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Fargo, N.D., and other cities, most put together by person-to-person efforts across the Internet.
In San Diego, a crowd estimated by police at 20,000 and by organizers at 25,000 demonstrated against Prop. 8, while in Los Angeles police said between 10,000 and 12,000 people marched peacefully though the downtown area. Smaller protests were held in cities and towns across the state.
“Today is a national tipping point,” Molly McKay, a spokeswoman for Marriage Equality USA, said in a statement. “History will look back on this day as the day that the national LGBT community rose up and said, ‘We are not going back.’ “