After The March Is Over

A flurry of incidents shows that gay rights have a way to go

THE PEACEFUL MARCH THROUGH WASHINGTON OF hundreds of thousands of gay-and- lesbian-rights protesters seemed to its participants to be the kind of civil rights milestone that would touch all Americans. When the marchers dispersed and returned to their homes around the country, however, many found that it had moved their fellow citizens but not necessarily as intended. In Tampa, Florida, Darlene DeBerry came back to find that an arsonist had burned her trailer home to the ground. A few days before leaving for Washington, DeBerry had received a threatening phone call: "If you march, your house will torch." In Melbourne, Iowa,...

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