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Thousands march on Washington demanding equal rights for gays and lesbians

Equality MarchWASHINGTON, DC — Thousands of gays and lesbians took to the streets of the nation’s capital Sunday in a demonstration demanding full equality under the law.

The National Equality March snaked past the White House and streamed down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol. Demonstrators chanted “Yes we can” in English and Spanish, resurrecting President Obama’s campaign slogan, and waved signs and banners.

Organizers said the LGBT community, which encompasses lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgendered people, are not satisfied with a piecemeal approach to gaining civil rights. They are seeking “full federal equality” and singling out issues pertaining to marriage, adoption, military service and the workplace.

The demonstration took place a day after Obama addressed about 3,000 gays, lesbians and their supporters, pledging sweeping reforms including undoing both the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

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