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Photos from the Hollywood Prop 8 Protest: 'Out of the Courts, Into the Streets...'

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Last night's large Day of Decision protest and march went peacefully through nearly six and half miles of West Hollywood and Los Angeles streets. There was lots of frustration, but also chants of encouragement, statements written in yellow chalk on the sidewalks and streets and people to meet.

Estimates of how many people marched seemed proved tricky. According to their sources, the LA Times had it at 2,000 people and the Daily News at 15,000. Around 9:45 p.m. last night, the LAPD was saying 3,500 to 5,000. Crowd estimates are tricky and we'll just say there were a lot of people... and a lot of police.

The most common chant heard was "What do we want? Equal rights! When do we want it? Now!" But another one emerged, one that rolls off the tongue nicely: "Out of the courts, into the streets, we're ready to fight, we won't be beat!"

On Saturday, a large protest where everyone will meet in the middle of the state--that's Fresno in this case--is scheduled.