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Across US, Big Rallies for Same-Sex Marriage

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Across US, Big Rallies for Same-Sex Marriage In one of the nation’s largest displays of support for gay rights, tens of thousands of people in cities across the country turned out in support of same-sex marriage on Saturday, lending their voices to an issue that many gay men and lesbians consider a critical step to full equality. The demonstrations — from a sun-splashed throng in San Francisco to a chilly crowd in Minneapolis — came 11 days after California voters narrowly passed a ballot measure, Proposition 8, that outlawed previously legal same-sex ceremonies in the state.

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MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 8 years
I was part of the rally in Dallas, and it was peaceful and powerful!
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
The supporters of Prop 8 had commercials that were literally flat-out lies telling people their churches would be forced to perform these marriages, and that their kids would be forced to learn about them in school. They sent people door to door with two different scripts- one for those who believed marriage was created by God, and one for those who didn't. This was an incredibly calculated campaign, and while we can argue about the merits of not letting the gays get married, we can't deny that flat-out lies were spread in order to get people to vote. I mean, even Zeze thought that allowing gay marriage would mandate that it was taught in schools. That is a ton different than some politicians' campaign promises to cut the unemployment rate down, or bring world peace.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I second that True - but some people are premature in their judging and pointing fingers.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Yeah. Since some politicians have not been able to do everything they've set out to in the past, it's totally fine to spread fear and lies to get what you want passed into law. And for pete's sake no one elected on November 4th, from the President down to city council, has even been sworn in so it does seem a lee-tle premature to start accusing anyone of breaking campaign promises.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Maybe, but people have ben voting on false things since America's inception. They are called "campaign promises". I've noticed that the current winner is already working on getting out of his.
zeze zeze 8 years
Thanks for the info guys, that is a little disheartening thinking that people voted based on something entirely not true.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Zeze, the proposed amendment was literally one sentence: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." My understanding of California law is that it is already illegal for public schools to teach anything on the subject of any kind of sex to children without the permission of their parents. Also, I PMd Liberty about this. I was wondering if there would be a picture post, like the one that went up of couples marrying in San Francisco after it was first legalized. I didn't get a response, nor did I the last time I PMd her about something in the news. I guess the powers that be are no longer taking suggestions, or even responding? Harumph.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I feel like poop on a stick, zeze, but thanks :) As far as the educational concerns, those were slanders thrown out by special-interest groups in favor of banning gay marriage. Prop 8 itself doesn't mention education once, and legalizing gay marriage would not have made it a requirement to teach gay marriage in schools. In fact, California's law prohibits children to be taught anything about health and family issues against the will of their parents. Even the California superintendent of schools spoke out saying that Prop 8 has nothing to do with education. Unfortunately, however, you're right in saying that concerns like those did help to pass Prop 8.
zeze zeze 8 years
**sorry meant to say "they were pro gay marriage but HAD to support prop 8 b/c of some educational concerns...
zeze zeze 8 years
Feel better Jude! Does anyone know what other strings are attached to Prop 8, I heard from a lot of people that they were pro gay marriage but could not support prop 8 because of other things it included, especially things concerning what children are taught in schools.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I was too sick to go :(
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