Images from the Dallas DOMA protest

Posted on 12 Jan 2009 at 11:40am
A counterprotester, who identified herself as 38-year-old Angela Cummings of Irving, holds a Bible as she tries to disrupt an LGBT protest organized by Queer Liberaction in downtown Dallas on Sunday.

A counterprotester, who identified herself as 38-year-old Angela Cummings of Irving, holds a Bible as she tries to disrupt an LGBT protest organized by Queer Liberaction in downtown Dallas on Sunday.

LGBT protester Aaron Rathbun confronts counterprotester Angela Cummings on Saturday.

LGBT protester Aaron Rathbun confronts counterprotester Angela Cummings.

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About 20 people attended a DOMA protest organized by Queer Liberaction on Saturday in the plaza of the Records Building in downtown Dallas. A group of about 10 Christian counterprotesters, who reportedly read about the event in Dallas Voice, gathered on the other side of Main Street. There was a minor confrontation when one of the counterprotesters, who identified herself as 38-year-old Angela Cummings of Irving, came over and stood among the LGBT protesters with a Bible (see photos above). Mike McKay, executive director of the Resource Center of Dallas, who was addressing the LGBT protesters through a megaphone, immediately noticed Cummings and singled her out. A few of the LGBT protesters got in Cummings’ face before a police officer came over and asked her to leave, and she went back to the other side of the street. Later, the LGBT protesters lined the north side of Main Street facing the counterprotesters and chanted back at them. Finally, after the LGBT protesters retreated to the other side of the plaza, the counterprotesters went home. More photos after the jump. To watch DVtv correspondent Brad Pritchett’s report on the event, go here.

A police officer in his squad car monitors the situation as LGBT protesters on the north side of Main Street face off with Christian counterprotesters on the south side.

Christian counterprotesters kneel in prayer on the south side of Main Street while LGBT protesters line the north side.

LGBT protester Elizabeth Pax, of Join The Impact-Dallas, yells across Main Street toward Christian counterprotesters.

LGBT protester Elizabeth Pax, of Join The Impact-Dallas, yells across Main Street toward Christian counterprotesters.

The counterprotesters appeared to be led by Joe Oden (center in red jacket), a minister at Heartland World Ministries Church in Las Colinas. Oden is the same person who organized so-called “purity sieges” on the Cedar Springs strip in 2007. For more on that, go here.

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