Riley said after the rally that if recognition is taken away from same-sex couples, it affects their children. "You're also taking away from us," he said. "We're in the battle, too, although we're not in the front row."
One of his mothers, Kim Hackford-Peer, said it was Riley and his 7-year-old brother, Casey, who motivated her and her partner Ruth to tie the knot the day of Shelby's decision.
"It meant so much to them," she said of their ceremony at the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office.
Jerry Conder, a Salt Lake attorney, said the rally was only the second he'd ever attended. "The first one was in 1971 in San Diego to protest the Vietnam War," he said.
Conder said he felt embarrassed by the state's reaction to the overturning of Amendment 3, especially after a gay couple got married at his home during a Christmas Eve reception.
"It just felt right for me to come," said Conder, who carried a "I Do Support Marriage Equality" sign. "I don't consider myself a straight person, I consider myself a person. We all need to stand up for equal rights."
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