The events of the past week have restored my faith in the Halachik process.
Unfortunately, in recent years, it seems as if we have left the Shtetl and joined the global village.
Whereas Psak used to be localized, nowadays we've looked to the great rabbinic leaders of Eretz Yisroel and the diasporic rabbis have fallen in line, none daring to question the leading sages.
The demonstration that took place on Sunday in Manhattan's Foley Square was populated primarily by various Chassidim; and many Litvishe Rabbonim and Rosh Yeshivos joined and urged their followers to attend. Yet other Litvishe groups were told by their spiritual leaders to stay away. See blogging buddy The Partial View for more details.
It seems that Rav CHAIM Kanievsky was originally supportive of the gathering, yet later issued a retraction (when he was informed that Rav Shteinman opposed it). As one wit quipped, "Eilu V'eilu Divrei Elokim CHAIM".
In any event, it is refreshing to see that localized Psak has returned. Eilu V'eilu Divrei Elokim Chaim.