BY Christopher Lisotta

October 12 2009 2:50 PM ET

A range of publications used their Sunday op-ed Web pages to discuss the march and its potential impact. At TheWashington Post, out editorial writer Jonathan Capeheart wrote that the march shouldn’t just be a reminder for Obama, but also a wake-up call to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “If the shameful ban on gays serving openly in the military is to end, if gay and lesbian couples are to share in the rights and responsibilities of marriage that would come with the demise of the Defense of Marriage Act, Congress must overturn them, sending bills to Obama,” Capeheart wrote. “The president has made it clear that he would sign them. It's time for Pelosi and Reid to follow through.” Larger papers weren’t the only ones with strong words. The Aurora, Colo., Sentinel ran an editorial titled “The Empty Rhetoric on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’” that said “it appears there is no schedule” on ending the ban. “The country has had enough talk on this matter, especially from the president,” the editorial continued. “It’s time for Obama to act now on his promises, fulfilling his claim of wanting to ensure that equality means just that in the United States.”

On Fox News Channel’s Fox Report, anchor Julie Banderas noted in her coverage of the Obama speech and the march that “words are one thing, actions are another” and “in Washington the streets were alive to keep this promise.” Fox News was among the numerous outlets to replay singer Lady Gaga’s yelling “Are you listening?” at a rhetorical Obama during her speech at the rally podium, but also spent time interviewing marchers. “I think it is the power of the people, at the end of the day,” said one unnamed marcher with a “No H8” logo on her cheek. “We wanted change, and we asked for change…I know I expect some change.”



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