The march | Unknown photographer, Associated Press, 2009 | 14013
Thousands of people marched through Washington on 11 October 2009 to demand greater civil rights for gay men and lesbians, to end a ban on gay people serving openly in the military, and for the speedy removal of legal restrictions on same-sex partnerships.
Julian Bond of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People compared gay rights to the civil rights movement.
“Black people of all people should not oppose equality and that is what marriage is all about. We have a lot of real and serious problems in this country, and same-sex marriage is not one of them. Good things don’t come to those who wait, but they come to those who agitate.”