Twelfth Street Overpass: Hotbed of Activism

For the second time in the past 18 months, I or someone in my family has noticed two or more people standing on the 12th street overpass on I-35, holding a banner over the railing with “Say no to gay marriage” or something to similar effect.

I posted about it last April when I saw it and wondered if it was legal to protest in this way. Sure, it’s probably covered under free speech, but it also slows down traffic, which trumps everything else in my opinion. Nevermind that I disagree with the sentiment. Nevermind that the amendment to which they’re undoubtedly referring is worded poorly, opening the door for arguments like this. Nevermind that the amendment simply re-iterates something that’s already illegal and is explicitly writing discrimination against a particular group into the state constitution. I’m annoyed at anyone who makes the commute on I-35 any worse than it already is.

And as a friend posted a few days ago from a conversation she overheard: “If gay marriage is a threat to your marriage, then your marriage sucked anyway.”

2 Comments so far

  1. omit (unregistered) on October 26th, 2005 @ 10:57 am

    I’m not sure it’s legal to hold a banner over an overpass. When Troy Dillinger hung a banner for Adult Swim, they took it down. I’m not sure if the two people holding it makes a difference. Next time they do it, someone should call the police.

  2. ttrentham (unregistered) on October 26th, 2005 @ 11:02 am

    I did call 311 the last time, but I’m not sure if they did anything.

    I’d be curious to know definitively what’s allowed and what isn’t. Regardless of your politics, it doesn’t seem to be a safe place to stage a demonstration of your views for the people driving by or the people on the overpass.

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