Homosexual Activists March on Washington
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Organizers of the Millennium March on Washington are predicting an eventual turnout of over 300,000 homosexual activists for a rally in the nation's capital Sunday, which began this morning at the Lincoln Memorial with about 75,000 demonstrators marching along the Mall towards the US Capitol, where an all-day event is being held on the building's West Lawn.
Leading the march from the Lincoln Memorial were tennis champion Martina Navratilova, singer Melissa Etheridge, and actresses Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche. The rally is the culmination of a three-day weekend event calling for equal rights for homosexuals.
The event calls for equality for homosexuals and its stated purpose is, according to organizer Dianne Hardy Garcia, to "organize the gay community" and to be politically active in the November elections.
Hardy Garcia said that this year's elections represent the first real opportunity for gays to demonstrate their political strength as a voting bloc.
"Politicians are going to do the math and I think that will make us a powerful force to be reckoned with in November," said Hardy Garcia.
Scheduled to address the rally are Sen. Paul Wellstone, (D-MN), and Democratic Reps. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Barney Frank of Massachusetts.
U.S. Small Business Administration head Aida Alvarez is expected to discuss economic opportunities for homosexuals, marking the first time a cabinet member has addressed the annual rally, now in its fourth year.
One of the primary organizers of the march, the Human Rights Campaign, has endorsed Vice President Al Gore for president.
Scattered throughout the crowd have been heterosexual families who have come to show their support for homosexual family members or friends.
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