08 November 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Gay marriage supporters take to California streets

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Protests continued Friday in several California cities, including San Francisco, Palm Springs and Long Beach, over the passage of Proposition 8, which outlaws same-sex marriage.

 

The passage of California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriages, has led to a number of protests.

 

The passage of California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriages, has led to a number of protests.

The ballot initiative, which passed 52.5 percent to 47.5 percent Tuesday, overturns a May ruling by the California Supreme Court that struck down a 2000 ban on same-sex unions.

In San Francisco, an estimated 2,000 protesters marched down Market Street toward Dolores Park. The march stretched out for at least three city blocks, and the protesters completely blocked Market Street’s westbound lanes and the eastbound lanes in places.

“I believe that politics and religion should be completely separate,” protester Eric Rogers told CNN affiliate KGO-TV. “This has been, actually, one of those lines that has been blurred by that.”

“It really feels personal. It feels like why would someone not want us to live in love and respect,” said protester Jayne Dean-McGilpin.

A demonstration in Long Beach stretched out for five or six blocks. “Hate is not hot,” read a banner at the front of the marchers. At one point, demonstrators stopped at a street corner for a few moments to allow traffic to cross.

Later, demonstrators congregated for about 20 minutes at the intersection of Broadway and Alameda Street, blocking traffic in all directions. The demonstrators then moved on before stopping at the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and First Street, where many of them sat down in the street.

 

After a few minutes, the demonstrators were on the move again. Police kept a watchful eye on the protesters but did not intervene.

In Palm Springs, a crowd of several hundred gathered in front of the city hall, chanting “Civil rights” and “Tax the Church.” One sign read: “We will not give up.”

Several protesters surrounded an elderly looking woman, an apparent Proposition 8 supporter, and shouted at her. No arrests were reported at any of the demonstrations.

In Salt Lake City, Utah, about 2,000 demonstrators gathered at Temple Square to protest against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Mormon church strongly supported Proposition 8, which amends California’s constitution to define marriage as legal only between one man and one woman.

Proposition 8 opponents say the Salt Lake City-based church donated a majority of the money raised in support of the measure.

The LDS Church believes it should not be singled out when other groups also supported the proposition.

“It is disturbing that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being singled out for speaking up as part of its democratic right in a free election,” the church said in a statement Friday.

On Thursday, Roman Catholic and Mormon leaders said their efforts did not target any specific group.

The coalition of religious communities and citizens who supported Proposition 8 wanted to preserve “the bedrock institution of marriage” between a man and a woman, said Cardinal Roger Mahoney, the Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles.

“Proposition 8 is not against any group in our society,” Mahoney said in a written statement.

About 2,000 protesters picketed Thursday afternoon outside the Los Angeles temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Several groups have petitioned the California Supreme Court to prevent the constitutional revision from taking effect.

The American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights have filed a lawsuit contending the ballot initiative was “improperly used.”

According to the three groups, “such radical changes” as outlawing gay marriage cannot be made by ballot initiative, but must, “at a minimum, go through the state legislature first.” The groups also argue the measure takes away a “fundamental right” from lesbian and gay Californians.

The three organizations filed the legal challenges on behalf of Equality California and six same-sex couples who did not marry before Tuesday’s election, but would like to be able to wed now.

The three groups contend that California must honor the marriages of the 18,000 lesbian and gay couples who have already married.

Sunny Hostin, a CNN legal analyst, said Thursday it is unclear whether same-sex weddings that took place before Tuesday are still valid. Referring to those couples, she said, “I think they really are in a legal limbo, a legal black hole.”

Voters in Arizona and Florida also banned same-sex marriages in ballot initiatives Tuesday.

Inisidmal’s notes…

I think it’s fucked up they surrounded that poor elderly woman and scolded her for supporting oppression.. maybe she deserved it for telling one group of people they aren’t allowed the same rights that she and a great majority of people enjoy, but I still think it’s fundamentally wrong for them to do, as well as block traffic.  Civil Disobediance does not prove to me.. “Oh, I’m stuck at this intersection now for 15 minutes, I guess you were right, Sorry!”  Pissing people off does not help them support you, you need to educate them, not attack them.

What gets me though and the reason I posted this.. The Church of Too Long a Name..   They stated as I put in bold  “Proposition 8 is not against any group in our society,” Mahoney said in a written statement.  I almost agreed and supported your previous statement.. until you said that.  Telling one group of people they can not have the same rights as all other groups of people.. definitley is against that group of people.. It’s like sayin.. You can sit on the back of the bus, or drink from this different fountain, but nothing against you.. yea.. your equal.. whatever…   bullshit.  Put everyone in a line and say to the first person.. you can legally marry, it’s your right.. then go to the next person.. you can legally marry, it’s your right.. go down the line ..four, five, six people.. and stop and say oh, you can’t get married, you don’t have that right. and go on and tell the rest of the people that it’s ok.  How is that not opression?  How can the SAME DAY we elect our first African American president, and make a huge, HUGE step towards civil rights.. and then also the SAME DAY say CHICKENS have a fundamental RIGHT to have their SPACE in the slaughter house.. and the SAME DAY say.. 1 in 10 people based on nothing then who they particularly love can’t get married….

Wow.