Same-sex marriage bans lead to Day Without A Gay protests

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A novel form of civil protest will be practised by gays in the US tomorrow.

For those angry at bans on gay marriage passed on November 4th, Election Day, in California, Arizona and Florida, tomorrow is the Day Without A Gay.

The idea is that lesbian and gay people should “call in gay,” to show how important they are to the economy.

“Gay people and our allies are compassionate, sensitive, caring, mobilised, and programmed for success,” said the organisers.

“A day without gays would be tragic because it would be a day without love.

“On December 10th, 2008 the gay community will take a historic stance against hatred by donating love to a variety of different causes.

“On December 10th, you are encouraged not to call in sick to work. You are encouraged to call in “gay”- and donate your time to service.”

The idea of ‘calling in gay’ could be an issue in the 30 states where lesbian, gay and bisexual employees have no legal protection against discrimination at work.

The organisers have provided a list of other activities that may not involve coming out in the workplace.