I need to preface this post: if you are not a supporter of marriage equality, nor a believer in the separation of church and state, you will be offended by these gallery images. For this I will not apologize.
For the past five years I have stood on the front-lines of many a rally and march in support of repealing Proposition 8. This current fight for basic human rights has been a long time coming, and the battle isn't even close to being over. Even if the Supreme Court votes in favor of overturning 8 (and DOMA), society's homophobia still drives young people to bullying, violence and suicide. I am a forty-plus year old gay man who remembers all too well the pain of wanting to fit in... to be "normal", and while the younger generation as a whole has had a sweeping change of heart when it comes to accepting my fellow gay & lesbian brothers and sisters as members of their own community, this violence, abuse and isolation will not end until religious leaders and elected officials everywhere stop using ideology and rhetoric of hate.
These images reflect the faces of those fighting for equality, whether straight, gay, black or white.