Prop 8 Protests Continue

The revolution goes on: Police say about 5,000 people gathered in Sacramento for a statehouse demonstration against Proposition 8, the recently passed voter initiative that took marriage rights away from GLBT citizens in the state. 

Many in the crowd held signs calling for equality and separation of church from state. Several banners targeted the Mormon church, [many of whose members, compelled by the church], helped defeat the measure.

“If the ban on marriage equality was unconstitutional in May, the ban will also be unconstitutional when the Supreme Court makes its decision in January,” said incoming Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.*

Californias highest court agreed last week to hear three legal challenges seeking to nullify the new ban on same-sex marriage. All three cases claim the ban abridges the civil rights of a vulnerable minority group. They argue that voters alone did not have authority to enact such a constitutional change.

Connecticut, which began same-sex weddings earlier this month, and Massachusetts are the only states that allow gay marriage.

via San Jose Mercury NewsGay-marriage advocates rally at California Capitol
* emphasis mine

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