Thousands of protesters roamed the streets of San Francisco and Long Beach after the passing of a measure to ban gay marriage in the state of California. Meanwhile, thousands also protested outside the headquarters of the Mormon church in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The marches in San Francisco were the latest of numerous demonstrations throughout the week after the state passed Proposition 8, which defines marriage as between man and woman. The measure overrides a previous California Supreme Court ruling in May which briefly same-sex couples the right to wed.

Salt Lake City, Utah-- a rowdy crowd chanted "Separate church and state" while rainbow flags masked the swarm of over 2,000 angry protesters outside of the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Numerous protesters embraced signs with messages like "Mormons: once persecuted now persecutors" and "Mormons have 10 wives...I want ONE".

The protest in Long Beach attracted over 2,000 people who were escorted by police as they marched through streets while chanting and holding signs in support of gay rights.Police said the protests were peaceful, although there were some verbal clashes between the two opposing protesters. In the end, 3 people were arrested for trying to lead protesters past police lines.

The demonstrations in San Francisco included over 1,000 people who were escorted by police who marched down Market Street during rush hour and ended at City Hall. No arrests were reported throughout the demonstrations.


I'm taking this head on. I know it's a touchy subject, but right now I could careless. I've been waiting for a big topic to post about and I feel that this is it.

Through the mist of the election, Proposition 8 was a key topic with the candidates. Should church and state be separate? I think so. Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution does it say that marriage is between a man and woman. However, it does state in the Constitutional Amendments that EVERY citizen of the United States has the right to freedom of religion.

The phrase "separation of church and state" stems from Thomas Jefferson in 1802, in which he referred to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution as creating a "wall of separation" between church and state.

Jefferson's principle has since been lost in the interpretation of the Constitution. Religion playing just as big as a part in today's politics as it did when Jefferson instilled his idea of Secularity (separation of church and state). I believe Jefferson saw this coming a mile today. He knew that not everyone would practice the same religion, if any.

In today's society the main issue that religion has a role in is the debate on gay marriage. Many quoting the bible as to saying marriage is between "man and woman".

Who's to say that your bible is my bible? Who's to say that I pray to your God, or any for that matter? Our country is the most diverse country in the world when it comes to the matter of religion. So how is it that our government can be run by religion?

Look, if God has a problem with the way that I am living my life, let him take it up with me at the given time. It's not the governments job to tell me what God thinks is right and wrong.

From what you have read, you can probably tell that I am not against gay marriage. I believe that everyone should have the right to marry who they love. Man or Woman alike. People don't realize it yet but this is a big issue. And sadly, I don't see it being resolved anytime soon. It took African-Americans almost 100 years to earn the right to vote. But we're not dealing with just the right to pick who's going to lead this country. We're dealing with the right to choose who you want to marry.

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