Hundreds March in Philly National Gay Rights Rally

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Hundreds of gay rights demonstrators have
marched through the streets of Philadelphia's historic center carrying rainbow flags and signs calling for equal rights in marriage, in the workplace and in health care.

Sunday's National Equality Rally was billed as the first national demonstration since 2000 for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights and the first held outside Washington. The marchers displayed signs from dozens of organizations and photos of people they said had been killed because of their sexualities.

A rally followed in front of Independence Hall, where rainbow umbrellas came in handy in a steady drizzle.

Speakers called for support for gay marriage, more money for AIDS research and an end to workplace discrimination and the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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