Prop. 8 foes go to city halls -- and to South Coast Plaza
After major protests around California last weekend, Proposition 8 foes promise to be out in force this weekend for what they hope will be a national demonstration against the ban on gay marriage.
Activists are planning to take their protests against the passage of Proposition 8 and similar measures nationwide Saturday. They have lofty goals for the event, which will take place outside city halls, state capitols and the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
Proposition 8 amends the California Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Similar measures were also passed in Arizona and Florida.
Jointheimpact.com lists protest sites across the United States. In the Southland, they include:
- Long Beach City Hall on Ocean Boulevard
- Los Angeles City Hall on Spring Street
- Pasadena City Hall on Garfield Avenue
- Riverside City Hall on Main Street
- Ventura City Hall on Poli Street
In Orange County, the protesters have decided against picketing a civic building and instead will converge on a place perhaps just as important: the South Coast Plaza shopping mall on Bear Street in Costa Mesa.
There was a small protest Monday at the corner of Centinela Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard in the Ladera Heights area, but it drew only a handful of protesters, participants said.
-- Alexandra Zavis