My second tweet after the rally kicked off and people started showing up was, “Glad I didn’t bring my righteous outrage candle” since the “bring a candle or flashlight” part of the candlelight vigil got interpreted as “bring big, tall signs”. Of course the big, tall sign-carrying crowd by virtue of their relative timeliness put them at the very front of the push, effectively creating a wall I couldn’t see around at first but I understand these are the risks at these kinds of rallies and so I kept my snark on the DL.
One of my favorite signs, by virtue of its short, sweet, direct style simply said “Fuck You, Assholes” which pretty much summed up my own bitterness towards the 38 senators who voted against the gay marriage bill. I don’t have the balls to carry that kind of signage because I’m an introvert and I tend to use my inside voice with that kind of sentiment but I appreciated the boisterous, blistering fortitude of the carrier. Other signs threatened those senators with election-day revenge and promises of remembering their voting stink but I have my own cynical beliefs about the length and breadth of our collective memories when Election Day comes around.