I was at the marriage equality rally this morning at the Statehouse in Montpelier, along with Shay Totten. Instead of taking notes, I used my Flip camera to interview a few of the people who attended.
Man, it was hot in the Cedar Creek Room. I've never seen so many people packed in there. Shay guessed there were about 300 people. It was hard for me to do any kind of head count, crushed as I was against a back wall.
These short videos are unedited — I just downloaded them directly from my camera onto my computer, and posted them to YouTube.
I managed to talk with Bradley Holt, owner of Found Line, a web design firm in Burlington, Pam Misener, a board member of the Samara Foundation, Erin Moreau who was one of the few supporters who had a private audience with the governor, and Sandi Cote-Whitaker. She was also in on the meeting with the governor.
You might recognize Cote-Whitaker from this ad, which has been running on local TV. I heard it as a radio spot this morning on my way to Montpelier.
In the final video, I interviewed Dr. Chuck Saleen, of Vermont Dental Care. He wasn't there for the marriage rally — he was part of a group that was at the statehouse to talk with lawmakers about funding for the Medicaid dental program. He was giving away toothbrushes, and graciously agreed to be interviewed. Read more about him in this Seven Days story from 2006.