With same-sex marriage opponents successful in their drive to force a public vote in Maryland, about 100 people gathered in Hagerstown on Saturday to talk about the other side of the issue.
The rally was organized by Hagerstown Hopes, a group Anna Draper formed about two years ago.
Draper, who lives in Hagerstown, said she wants to help gays and lesbians gain more acceptance.
Describing herself as “a middle-aged, straight, soccer mom,” Draper said she has seen her best friend, uncle and ex-sister-in-law, as homosexuals, experience prejudice and pain based on their sexual orientation.
The rally at University Plaza on West Washington Street has been in the works for about six months.
David Lidz, a former Hagerstown City Council candidate now living in Smithsburg, said he wasn’t involved in the same-sex marriage cause until he saw a Facebook post from Draper.
When he ran for council in 2009, Lidz acquired a bunch of registered Democrats as Facebook friends, including Draper. He had never met Draper, but ended up the chairman of this year’s Hagerstown Hopes rally.