Could you stare down the nozzle of a fire hose?

Screen Shot 2013-02-15 at 5.13.28 PMJennifer McGuire, of Visalia, joined three others from California’s vast Central Valley, driving 250 miles to attend the now-annual Valentine’s Day protest at San Francisco City Hall.  Since Proposition 8 took away the right to marry the individual of their choice, members of the LGBT community have taken part in “right-to-marry” protests each year.  Jennifer posted this to her Facebook today, and it is reprinted here with her permission.

Am I Willing to Look Down the Nozzle of a Fire Hose?

Yesterday I was detained by the SFPD at the County Courthouse with fifteen other peaceful, nonviolent protesters as part of the annual marriage equality Valentine’s Day protests nationwide. The day, like the courthouse in San Francisco, was beautiful; the rally and protest were well attended, well organized, well covered by the media, and well laced with powerful speeches and voices for LGBTQ equality.
The experience was amazing. I drove up the from the Central Valley of CA, one of the most conservative areas of the country, with 3 friends to participate in the action in San Francisco, one of the most liberal, gay-friendly cities in America. We knew we were driving 8 hours to be arrested, yet our conversation centered around organic farming, relationship status’, and ensuring cupcakes were being delivered to children’s Vday parties we were missing.

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