Funny how things work out...neither the Catholic Citizenship nor VoteOnMarriage had pulled a permit for the steps or their soundsystem. So they collected their signs, their banners, their speakers and their supporters and descended the City Hall steps to be banished by police to a tiny park across the street in front of a creche scene. They weren't even allowed to use their soundsystem. Not a happy crowd during this joyous holiday season...
Granted, I probably would have let it be known, but how could they have forgotten their permit when stumping in front of city hall? And using a PA system? It's not as if these vote-on-marriage folks haven't done a protest before - that was a real rookie mistake. As a practice, I probably would have let it go (I don't like the concept of "free speech zones" or "free speech permits"), but Springfield was within its rights and - for safety's sake - they should have got a permit.
Just a funny story.
Now, the folks at Knowthyneighbor are making their own protest for this coming Saturday at Worcester.
There still is one more rally to go. Saturday December 16th Worcester City HallIt's always fun to rally, so people should hit it up and show their support. I'm sure, this time, permits will be had by all.