I first met MB Caschetta more than 20 years ago when she was a student at Vassar College attending a reading I'd been invited to give. In a room filled with bright young lights she stood out: smart, funny and wiser than her years.
I was a "Flower Child" of the '60's, a Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell-worshipping 18-year-old in 1971. Vassar was the last place I wanted to apply. But since I was the oldest of three girls, my mother wouldn't let me consider any other options.
More than 500 student and community protesters rallied to meet the church protesters, of whom there were just four. The latter danced around waving anti-gay signs while the students chanted slogans and formed a human love chain.