Thursday, November 13, 2008

Memphis Activists to Protest Prop 8

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Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Memphis may be hundreds of miles from California, but distance won't stop a group of gay-rights activists from gathering in protest of Prop 8, the Golden State's recently-passed ban on gay marriage.

Groups across the country, including a crowd of 10,000 in New York City Wednesday night, have been protesting the ban. Many blame the ban's passage on the Mormon church, which encouraged its members nationwide to donate to California's "Yes on 8" campaign. Though protests in many cities are being held outside Morman temples, the Memphis action will take place in front of City Hall on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 12:30 p.m.

In May, the California Supreme Court ruled that people have a right to marry regardless of gender. Thousands of gay couples were married there after the ruling, but voters approved the gay marriage ban by a slim margin (52 percent to 48 percent) at the ballot box on Tuesday. Go here for more info.

-- Bianca Phillips

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