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Protests against Prop 8 continue

Canadian rallies planned for Nov 15

As protests against California's Proposition 8 continue, gay marriage supporters remain undeterred in their efforts to overturn the ban.

Since Prop 8 passed with 52 percent support on Nov 4, thousands have rallied in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles and smaller cities across California.

More protests are planned for the coming week. A group called Join the Impact has planned a national protest against Prop 8 in the US. On Nov 15, the group is urging supporters of gay marriage to attend a protest in their state, at 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST. Click here for a jointheimpact.wetpaint.com full list of protest locations in the US.

Canadians are getting on board too: rallies against Prop 8 are planned for Canadian cities on Nov 15. More information can be found at jointheimpact.wetpaint.com/page/Canada. As of Nov 13, the page lists rallies in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Calgary. Information can also be found on Facebook for these Nov 15 rallies:

Watch this video from a San Diego protest on Nov 8, where between 7,000 and 10,000 people took to the streets:

Many protestors have directed their anger at the Mormon church, which raised millions to support the Yes on Prop 8 campaign and its misleading advertising. The Mormon church reportedly contributed between 40 and 70 percent of the money raised by the Yes on Prop 8 campaign.

Gay marriage supporters have taken their protests directly to Mormon temples in California and beyond. Roughly 3,000 protested outside the Latter Day Saints headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah on Nov 7. A few protestors have even called for a boycott of Utah's tourism industry and others want the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to strip the Mormon church of its tax status as a religious organization. Mormonsstoleourrights.com argues that IRS policy forbids churches from "carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation."

Check out video footage of the Prop 8 protest in Salt Lake City, Nov 7:

 



A few protestors have also turned their frustration on blacks, after exit polls suggested most African Americans supported Prop 8. Blogger Rod McCullom of Rod 2.0 has reported cases of racism at No on Prop 8 protests, directed at gay marriage advocates who are black. McCullom received several emails from readers, including one Los Angeles resident who says he and his boyfriend, who are both black, were subjected to racial abuse while carrying No on Prop 8 signs. An excerpt of the reader's email is below, from Rod 2.0:

"Three older men accosted my friend and shouted, 'Black people did this, I hope you people are happy!' A young lesbian couple with mohawks and Obama buttons joined the shouting and said they were 'very disappointed with black people' and 'how could we' after the Obama victory. This was stupid for them to single us out because we were carrying those blue No on Prop 8 signs!"

Meanwhile, multiple lawsuits have been filed that seek to overturn the ban on gay marriage.

On Nov 5, a legal coalition including the American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and the National Centre for Lesbian Rights filed a lawsuit challenging Prop 8, on behalf of Equality California. They say Prop 8 should never have been on the ballot in the first place.

"A major purpose of the constitution is to protect minorities from majorities," says Elizabeth Gill, of the ACLU of Northern California. "Because changing that principle is a fundamental change to the organizing principles of the constitution itself, only the legislature can initiate such revisions to the constitution."

Two other lawsuits have been filed: one on behalf of the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles and Santa Clara County, and another on behalf of a married lesbian couple in Los Angeles.

Confusion arose on Nov 11 when a planned rally in Toronto for Nov 12 was cancelled. Over 200 people had confirmed that they would atttend the protest, which was to be held in front of the US consulate on Nov 12, from 5:30 to 7:30pm. It's not clear who organized the original Facebook event, which could have been found by searching for Protest against Prop 8. No 'creator' or 'admin' was listed. Prop 8 opponents are now urging people to show up to the Nov 15 rally, at the US consulate at 1:30pm.

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Ottawa Against Prop8 LOCATION CHANGE!
A quick update to let you know that the rally has been moved from Parliament Hill to the Human Rights Monument on the corner of Elgin & Lisgar St. We gather there and then walk to the US Embassy afterward. The time remains the same at 1:30pm this Saturday.

Hope for a great turnout!

Thanks

Charles (ReddBear)
Thank you Canada
I just wanted to say thank you to all the Canadians that are protesting alongside Americans. I have found acceptance and a home with my foreign partner in your country, which you welcomed us with open arms. Thank you again, let's unite against oppression!
"God Loves Gay Marriage"?
The largest banner in a NYC Prop 8 protest last evening was "God Loves Gay MArriage." as veteran radical NYC gay libber deadpanned in an email this AM, "39 years after Stonewall, the Gay imagination has been murdered."

Bringing God into the protest against Prop 8's passing is falling into the Christian right's hands (to say nothing of the official Catholic and Mormon positions not to speak of other religious homophobic doctrines offfered by many organized religions).

It is about human rights and discrimination as the courts have ruled in Canada many times (legaalising gay marriage nationally four years ago) and in Massachusetts, California and now in the Connecticut Supreme courts.

So while public opinion in the US may be lagging behind, the courts have consistently ruled in favour of civil gay marriage as a human right. Period. No reason to bring "god" into it and further muddy the waters .

Non-violent, creative and loud protest marches are good to raise consciousness and to relieve the feelings of hurt and helplessness many now feel after Prop 8's narrow passage, , but the real battle is in the courts. And in that forum we have been winning!

(Public opinion will come around too (as it has in Canada over the past few years) as soon as people see through the many lies--some homphobic and hate=mongering--spread by the religious right and many mainstream churches and their "GOD".)

Protest should continue, but sensibly (non-violently) and without appeals to the Almighty.

cheers..james dubro
Proposition 8 Protest Coverage
I covered the San Francisco side of the November 7th Proposition 8 protest, shot on film:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kediwah/sets/72157608874350670/
Watch those blanket statements...
Boycott Utah Tourism? What in the world does that have to do with the real issue here? The mormon church is not Utah tourism. As a non-mormon gay man living in Utah and working in the tourism industry, I have a real issue with blanket statements such as that. I am as outraged as you are with the outcome of Prop 8, so why are you punishing me???? Come on - let's stick together on this issue and not become as guilty as those who have wronged us.
Why single out Mormons?
The Yes on 8 coalition was a broad spectrum of religious organizations. Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants, Orthodox Jews, Muslims - all supported Yes on 8. It is estimated that there are 10 million Catholics and 10 million Protestants in California. Mormons were a tiny fraction of the population represented by Yes on 8 coalition members. Only 2% of the yes vote was attributed to Mormons. Why are protesters singling out Mormons and Blacks? The people voted and Proposition 8 passed. Obviously the majority of the people feel that marriage should be defined as between a man and a woman.
Ottawa Against Prop8
There is a rally in Ottawa on the Hill at 1:30pm and a walk over to the US Embassy afterward.

Bring signs, banner, flags, whatever you choose, to get the message across in this peaceful act of solidarity with our US neighbours.

Facebook link here http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=15582649959#

Thanks,

Charles (ReddBear)
Yup, Toronto is back in!
Hi! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE pass on the message about the protest on SATURDAY, at the Counsulate General of the United States of America, 360 University Ave at 1.30pm. It's ALIVE again!!!
Found it...
I see Facebook has this event now http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=34488983610 which is titled "Join the Impact - Toronto, ON, Canada" at the US Consulate General in Toronto Nov 15 at 1:30 PM.
CANADIAN prop8 protests
Join the Impact has gone international!

check out: http://jointheimpact.wetpaint.com/page/Canada

for protest events across canada on november 15th.

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