Battle Lines Drawn in Fresno Over Marriage and Gay RightsSan Francisco Bay Area 23 Aug 2004 06:31 GMT
8/22/04: Fresno mayor Alan Autry, pictured 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 on August 29th at 6pm. 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 at 1pm on that same day. For the more militant, there will be a counter demonstration held at City Hall during the mayor’s event. Organizers are planning to meet earlier 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.