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The National March's Price Tag


The organizers of the National Equality March -- which could bring tens of thousands to Washington, D.C., in the name of gay rights -- just released their budget, and in keeping with the times, it's a relatively frugal endeavor.

The entire event, which includes the October 11 march, related functions, and a wreath-laying at the tomb of the unknown soldier, is budgeted at $199,550. The largest expense is for audio and visual equipment that will populate a main stage near the Capitol -- that equipment and the labor needed to haul it to the National Mall will cost $60,000. Printed materials and portable toilets also eat up a large portion of the event's budget.

The majority of funding for the National Equality March has come from donations -- additional financial gifts can be made through a website set up by march organizers.

Cleve Jones, creator of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, is the lead organizer of the event. Jones says the event's sole, unified demand is "equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states."

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