About 70 people rallied on Main Street on Tuesday in opposition to the the California Supreme Court's ruling upholding Proposition 8.
The protesters gathered in front of the Urban County Government Center, carrying signs bearing messages such as "Equal Rights for All," "Love not H8" and "Against gay marriage? Don't have one!"
As passersby honked, gave the thumbs up sign and occasionally made less friendly gestures, the group took up the chant, "Gay, straight, black, white, marriage is a civil right."
The Day of Decision Rally was one of more than 100 such events scheduled throughout the nation.
"We are a part of this nationwide movement to bring recognition to same-sex couples," said Joey Rose, a Lexington Fairness board member who helped coordinate the event. "It's not about opposite sex biology. It's about love."
State Rep. Kelly Flood, D-Lexington, spoke at the rally, telling the crowd that "the generation coming behind us ... do not have the same hate rooted in them" as many of her generation.
"We're not going to be beaten down," she said. "We're on the right side of this fight."
Megan Dobner agreed.
"I'm disappointed, but this is something I know people have been fighting for for a long time," she said. "This is a long-term thing. At a bare minimum, it would just be nice if these ballot measures weren't passed to begin with."