Nearly 3,700 people descended on Lakeside Avenue in front of Cleveland City Hall to rally for marriage equality on March 24.
Photos by Hannah Potes and Jessica Yanesh.
Although the rally was organized with the help of numerous people and organizations, including Equality Ohio, GetEQUAL Ohio and the City of Cleveland, none of it would be possible without the ambition of 17-year-old high school senior Adam Hoover. Adam founded the first marriage equality rally in Cincinnati less than six months ago, mostly using Facebook.
“I got online, I started meeting a lot of the gay community, a lot of the activists,” he said. “You come to the point where you realize there’s more than just yourself out there.”
In addition to a number of speakers on City Hall steps, two large wedding ceremonies took place at the Galleria. Two-hundred and seventy-two couples got married, Adam said.
“That’s the final amount of marriage certificates that were filled out,” he said.
Watch the entire story of the rally below.
Video by Simon Husted.