In protest of the Reclaiming the Culture of Marriage and Life Spring Forum, around 200 demonstrators gathered to rally for equal rights Saturday morning on South Campus.
As forum participants walked from the corner of Summit and Cretin avenues, through the Science Center and to Brady Educational Center, where the forum was held, demonstrators hoisted homemade signs and led chants supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.
Only ticketed participants were allowed into the forum. The Catholic Spirit newspaper was the only media organization allowed inside.
Once the forum began, the rally moved back to Summit and Cretin avenues. Speakers then addressed the group of protesters, which included students, alumni, community members and activists.
According to a letter of intent to demonstrate, the protesters were frustrated not only by the forum’s speakers but also by what they consider a lack of equality exercised by the administration in choosing speakers. The letter was submitted to the dean of students’ office Wednesday.
The St. Paul Seminary and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis hosted the forum, which lasted from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. It was part of an archdiocesan initiative “aimed at helping the faithful ‘Understand the Cultural and Legal Battle’ over the restoration of marriage and the respect for human life,” according to the Archdiocesan Office of Marriage, Family and Life website.