February 13, 2016

Racine gay rights march marks fifth year

Members of the gay and lesbian community, joined by their straight supporters, marched Sunday in Racine in celebration of the recent Supreme Court ruling, and what they believe is a changing tide of acceptance across the country.

State Representative Cory Mason, along with his wife and children, attended. The Racine Democrat said he’s “really looking forward to the day…when I can tell my kids marriage is allowed equally in this state regardless of sexual orientation”

Though none appeared, Reverend Tony Larson warned about potential protesters and to treatment them with both kindness and inclusion.

Jody Spencer, a straight ally and daughter of a lesbian couple since she was 16, talked about her mother who recently lost her partner, and the message from their relationship.”They lived their life on the edge of society’s acceptance with so much love and dedication to each other.”

This was the 5th year of the event in Racine which drew about 100 people. Something similar will reportedly take place for the first time next weekend in Kenosha.

Tom Karkow-WRJN

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