A small group of same-sex marriage proponents left Berkeley today on a 100-mile walk to the state Capitol in Sacramento to bring attention to the court battle over Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.
There are 30 people making the trek.
The march was part of a week of events organized by the group One Struggle One Fight, which says it seeks to heal communities divided by the ban.
A kickoff rally for the march was held Tuesday in front of San Francisco City Hall, and the opening ceremony for the march took place this morning in downtown Berkeley.
Marchers left Berkeley and are traveling through various cities in the East Bay and the Delta area before ending with a large rally on Monday at the state Capitol.
The march will stop tonight in Walnut Creek, then continue to Antioch on Thursday, Brannan Island on Friday, Locke on Saturday, Clarksburg on Sunday, and will end in Sacramento with a welcoming rally held by the organization Yes! on Equality on Monday.
Kip Williams, one of the organizers of the march, said today that although the primary purpose of the event is to call on the state Supreme Court to repeal Proposition 8, "we see ourselves as part of a larger movement for peace and social justice."
Williams said that "along the way, we're going to meet with communities to share our stories of how Prop 8 has affected our lives, but we also want to hear their struggles, because when we stand with each other, we all win."