Taking Your Kids To Protest – In 5 Minutes Or Less

On Saturday, November 15th, Join The Impact organized protests in every state in the United States and across Canada. People came out to protest the passing of Proposition 8 in California (and similar ballot initiatives in other states – including Florida) and support gay rights.

I took my two kids to the event in Orlando.

You can see more pictures from the Orlando protest on my Flickr set.

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  1. Dawn says:

    At least they didn’t say “but at least we got fries with that”

    Terrific that you brought them. To Burger King too. :)

  2. For what it’s worth, I think it’s fantastic that you took them! When they’re old enough to understand, you can tell them about that day, and that even as children, their voices matter. Good for you!

  3. maman says:

    They did learn something… they will remember it (well, Devin will) their little brains aren’t quite ready to spit big ideas back at you…

    But this is how you teach them the big ideas!

  4. Turnbaby says:

    Now THIS is completely appropriate and they learned a lot more than they can recite back sugar.

  5. Avitable says:

    I never did get my protest milk and cookies. That was bad protest etiquette.

  6. Hilly says:

    I think it’s awesome that you took them. And seriously, that Devin is so smart.

  7. Finn says:

    I think the sign Emma made said it all about Amendment 2.

  8. Sarah says:

    I wanted to go to the protest in San Fran, but I couldn’t get anyone to cover my shift. Sigh.

    But your kids are so cute! I love it.

  9. Sybil Law says:

    They are so fricking cute!
    And yeah – they will remember the experience, and the exposure, and that will stay with them. Also that their mom sticks up for what she believes in – I’d say that is awfully important!

  10. god loves love. well done…

  11. That was 5 minutes and 49 seconds.

    I want my 49 seconds back!!!

  12. Awesome. Fucking awesome.

    I love that Devin thinks that protesting the protest is funny.

  13. shiny says:

    Watching this video was a bit of a struggle for me and for the way I had to deal with my deep rooted emotions which, at times, conflict with my traditional Jewish upbringing. However, I think I can finally feel comfortable to express myself — now that I feel a kinship with one of your children who feels the same way that I do.

    Because I, too, love Christmas. I wish I could hold up that sign alongside Emma this weekend.

  14. Cris says:

    Well now THAT’S odd! I never heard anything about a protest on denying gay people rights. And I live here in OKLAHOMA where they have voted for a Republican President in every election since 1968.

    It’s odd that in this state, where we have A LOT of people to protest against… people who don’t want gay marriage because then they will start having all them gay kids in the school system… Yes, people too freakin stupid to know same sex unions can’t reproduce… We have many many many people we could protest against. Isn’t it odd how I never heard about a chance to do that on the commercial driven media outlets?

  15. Karl says:

    I love Devin’s remark: “They’re protesting the protest?”

  16. Ginger says:

    What a great thing. I am truly moved by this.
    Here’s why:

    http://gingersnaps.wordpress.com/2008/09/26/unconditional-love/

  17. Zandor says:

    That is so awesome that you took that and I liked watching that video.

  18. Debra says:

    That was the dumbest thing you could do with your kids! I am so glad that the good people in my home State of Florida passed Prop 2, banning Gay Marriage! Since I now live in California, I was very happy to vote a resounding YES on PRop 8, also banning Gay Marriage.

    Marriage was given to us by our Creator as a gift between male and female couples and for the foundation of the Family. Right now, over 30 States and counting have banned Gay Marriage. Awesome!

  19. shiny says:

    Let me be the first of many who would certainly not consider a family activity involving coming together with a community expressing equality and tolerance to all as “the dumbest thing you could do with your kids.”

    The “dumbest thing you could do with your kids,” in my opinion, would be to discourage them from thinking critically and forming their own opinions and constructs of self.

    Or, perhaps, putting them up as stakes in a poker game.

  20. Turnbaby says:

    it’s good to know that sad folks like Debra don’t know how to create accounts

  21. Courtney says:

    That’s so amazing. I actually got tears in my eyes watching the video because i find it so incredible and so fantastic that people are so willing to get out there and to teach their kids tolerance and love. Thank you.

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