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Prop. 8: Protest march draws about 2,000, authorities say

May 26, 2009 | 10:30 pm


Authorities said the crowds of Proposition 8 protesters marching from West Hollywood to Hollywood reached roughly 2,000 late Tuesday night before their numbers began to dwindle about 10 p.m.

In Hollywood, throngs of marchers came up Island Avenue, pouring into the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, which was brightly lighted by neon-studded storefronts. On the street, protesters took chalk and scrawled their sentiments across the pavement like a giant scrapbook.

One example: “H8 is not love.”

One couple, James and Jacob Orlando, joined the march at Hollywood and Highland. Both were holding tiny, battery-powered plastic candles.

“We got married,” said James, 22. “We can’t not come out and support everyone else who can’t.”

Jonathan Plummer, 33, a hairdresser, marched all the way from West Hollywood to Hollywood. “We definitely need to stand for equality,” said Plummer, who made the pilgrimage to make a statement “for all of us.”

Plummer said one day he wants to marry a man. He once was married to a woman, he added, author Terry McMillan, who wrote the book “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” which is based on her romance with Plummer.

Plummer said he did not come into his own as a gay man until he left Jamaica. He has lived in California for 13 years. “I am embracing what I am now,” he said.

--Carla Hall

Photo: Supporters of same-sex marriage march at Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards in West Hollywood. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times  > > > More photos