Protesters of the newly passed proposition 8 gay marriage ban in California have come out in a forceful showing of disapproval and fierce opposition to the law. Protesters outside of Orange county gathered at the front of a mega church that had supported the the ban and had brought McCain and Obama together for a faith forum last year. A human rights volunteers said that there were about 1,000 protesters outside of the church along the sidewalks in front of the church.
Sacramento experienced approximately 2,500 to 3,000 protesters by some estimates at the steps of the state capital. The protesters vowed not to give up the fight for their civil (equal) rights of gay marriage.
and in Oakland the size of the protest at the cities Mormon temple located on Lincoln Avenue, prompted the State police to shut down the nearby highway ramps to secure the safety of the pedestrians. Organizers of the protest ensured that they didn't intend to disturb or harass church members and they wanted to tone down the anger that has characterized some previous protests.
"Our intent is not to disturb churchgoers," organizer Tim DeBenedictis said in a statement. "Our goal is to mend fences and build bridges so that all Californians can achieve marriage equality under the law"
A spokesman for the Oakland temple said Mormons were being unfairly singled out, noting that the ban was backed by a variety of religious groups.
Churches do not all feel the same on proposition 8. Some pastors such as the pastor of the 4,000-member All Saints Church said that the religious community's support of the bill was an embarrassment, and while it could not continue to marry same sex couples it would continue to bless gay civil unions.
The division of opinion about proposition 8 across California is neck and neck and neither side will back down.