Traditional Marriage and Gay Rights - The Battle Lines are Drawn in Fresno

8/22/04: Fresno mayor Alan Autry, pictured on the right in his TV role as “Bubba” in the series In The Heat of the Night, is organizing a celebration for "traditionally married couples" on the front steps of City Hall. An alternative Renewal of Vows of Love and Commitment for ALL the people of the Fresno area will take place on the patio of Wesley United Methodist Church. For the more militant, there will be a counter demonstration held at City Hall during the mayor’s event. Organizers are planning to meet on the west side of P Street, across from City Hall. At yesterday’s planning meeting supporters were told that the Fresno Police Department (FPD) will attempt to restrict protestors to the west side of P Street. Supporters were told that there would be a line of cops standing in the middle of P Street and any counter protestors that enter the City Hall grounds will be immediately arrested.

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