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Prop. 8 opponents organizing to overturn ban

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Some groups across the area protesting the passage of California's Proposition 8 marched to churches Sunday, believing them to be the prime movers against the gay community, and the funders of Prop. 8.

More than 500 people rallied at a large and noisy protest at Oakland's Mormon Church on Lincoln Avenue Sunday afternoon. Many were chanting slogans like "Stop Mormon hate," and "Boycott Utah." The group was angry that Mormons contributed an estimated $22 million to the Prop. 8 campaign.

"I do not believe anybody should tell me how to live my life. My parents get to get married. My brothers get to get married. But they're telling me I don't because I want marry the same sex? That's ridiculous," said Sandi Jack, who traveled to the protest from San Francisco.

Don Eaton of the Mormon Church says that Mormons are just one of many religious groups who funded Prop 8. He also dismisses the notion that the church itself spent any money supporting Prop. 8 that parishioners donated on their own.

"We believe what we believe. We believe that marriage is a very important, sacred relationship between a man and a woman. And we believe it's been that way since the beginning of recorded time," said Eaton.

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints put zero money into this," Eaton added.

Although, some argue that leaders can influence people to do things

A smaller and quieter protest was held Sunday morning at St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco.

There are at least two lawsuits challenging the legality and constitutionality of Prop 8.

200 members of the gay and lesbian community in Santa Clara gathered Sunday to work out a game plan to help overturn the measure

"Putting ideas on the board& and voting on them. It's a very democratic process," said Gloria Nieto of the Billy DeFrank LBGT Community Center.

ABC7 Legal Analyst Dean Johnson thinks Prop. 8 could be overturned. He says changing the constitution usually takes a legislative act confirmed by two-thirds of the electorate, or a constitutional convention.

"We never had to face that argument, because we've never taken away a fundamental right before," said Johnson.

Members of the Billy DeFrank LBGT Community Center say they are going to meet again next week to try and cement their plans on how they're going to overturn Proposition 8.

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