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LAPD braces for Prop. 8 protest in West L.A., vows to be prepared*

Prop. 8 protest

More than 3,000 protesters marched near the landmark Los Angeles California Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Westwood today to protest the church's strong support for Proposition 8. Santa Monica Boulevard is closed and nearby traffic is gridlocked.

Opponents of Proposition 8, which outlawed gay marriage in California, were waving banners and chanting. A similar protests occurred on Wednesday night in Hollywood and West Hollywood.

Los Angeles Police Department officials say they won't be caught off-guard as they were last night, when they were required to call a tactical alert after a few members of the mostly peaceful crowd got out of hand. The protest is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. off Santa Monica Boulevard.

In the wake of the passage of the state proposition banning gay marriage, Wednesday night saw thousands protest in West Hollywood and Hollywood, forcing police to shut down some streets and the LAPD to call a citywide tactical alert that required officers from one watch to stay on duty during the next watch.

At least seven people were arrested, four at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland, where one man jumped on top of a police car. Television cameras captured one protester struggling with officers and being struck on the legs by batons.

The Mormon temple is apparently being targeted because of church members' funding and support of the proposition.

* Update: Another protest is planned for later this afternoon in West Hollywood near the Pacific Design Center. The MTA says streets will be closed and buses rerouted. Details from the MTA statement:

Metro has received word that there will be additional Prop. 8 demonstrations this afternoon and evening and [L.A. County Sheriff's Department]  will be closing San Vicente from Melrose to Santa Monica Boulevard starting at 4 p.m. until the streets are cleared, which could go into the late evening. There will be no traffic including buses allowed to go north on San Vicente.  During this time, Metro will need to reroute buses to Robertson to go north and then east on Santa Monica Blvd.

**Update 2: Metro corrected their earlier statement, saying the Sheriff's Department currently has "no formal plan to close San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue this evening."

-- Richard Winton and Rong-Gong Lin II

Photo credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

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God Loves all People, Whoever it was that says all religions believe homosexuality is wrong, in North Hollywood and West Hollywood there is a coalition of churches who fought that band!

God Loves everyone, even the Mormons who passed that act of De Jurre Segregation.

We in the gay community should also be protesting in front of the black churches. Don't give the black community a pass on this. They are heavily influenced by Christian fundamentalism.

joe martin, what you said is despicable. you should be embarrassed. i can see this proposition has brought out the worst (along with the best) in people. that people can't get over themselves (you're anthropomorphic as anyone else joe), and realize that allowing gay people to get married will not affect anyone else's life, marriage, children, or their children's educations just amazes me. Intolerance is not acceptable.

In case you ignorant people haven't realized yet. Mormons accounted for only 2% of the YES vote. That leaves 98% of the YES votes left to everyone else. Why can't you all pick someone better to blame. Maybe you need to realize that the majority of society has chosen a YES vote.

Marriage isn't a right... so amending the Constitution to define a term is perfectly legal.
can't gays call it something other than marriage? if you have the same protections and benefits in a civil union, why would you even want it to be called a marriage... they usually end in divorce.

maybe we can come up with a nice term for gay marriage - how about gayriage?

75% of Kern County voted for Prop. 8. Many other counties were nearly that close. The Mormons did do much to fund Prop 8, but they did not make anyone agree with them. 52% of the state agreed with them. Trust me, the Mormons would love it if they could be that successful in getting people to agree with them. Look at all the guys on bikes, it is not like they don't work at it. This was not a Mormon issue. How many of the huge percentage of Blacks that voted for 8 are Mormons, or have ever set foot in a Mormon church? A lot of the Christians just took a brief truce, and now that Prop 8 is over with, are right back to preaching that Mormons are a wackazoid cult.

If this was a Mormon issue, then polls show that 65% of America is solidly Mormon. If that is the case, I am opening me a bicycle factory.

I HAVE an IDEA!!!!

SINCE the WHOLE 70,000 dollars of money raised for YES PROP 8 came from someone who believes in God...and Traditional Marriage....
from some CHURCH in the world...
...LET's just PROTEST against BELIVERS in GOD...and CHURCHES...and ANYONE who thinks differently than US...

(If I had a sarcastic emotioncon, I would add it here!)

Now we can all act like godless Communists...
who actually support Gay Rights but not freedom of religion...

You can sleep and marry whoever you want and they'll burn down the churches they don't agree with you.

IF one more person SAYS MORMON....
LIKE HITLER said JEW....I am going to PUKE...

Christian Voice, as a heterosexual woman, I don't appreciate one religious view (yours) dictating what is moral/immoral. It's amazing how much as a society we've progressed (as evidenced by Tuesday's Presidential acceptance speech) and yet some still insist on being devisive and opressing another minority group. Humans are Humans with basic inalienable rights. It's time to EVOLVE, fellow Humans.

Marriage is sacred, so quit complaining. Election was held and all of you losers lost. People have spoken. Court and government should not decide on what marriage is. Court and government should call it a legal partnership and develop a definition for it, and then apply all the rights they want. But marriage should stay with churches, temples, etc. Government should issue partnerships licences and not marriage licences.

So all of you losers quit complaining, get off the streets and just move on.

Religion is man made. Someone's religious beliefs should not rule out others rights. I agree we should target the churches for all their injustices. I think we need to attack them big time. They are the enemy and we should attack them non-violently, but in ways that will give them less power. Jesus has killed more people than he has saved.

If you look at homosexuality from a Christian perspective, the Bible calls it a sin, pure and simple. If you are a Christian than you 'BELIEVE' what God says.

If you're not a Christian, you don't believe the Bible, therefore you will not accept what God says. Therein lies the difference. Having said that, If your a Christian you 'know' that God calls it a sin like other sins (alcoholism, adultery, lying, etc. etc.) and therefore should consider such a person as, 'a sinner before God that, needs to turn to Him.

James - So...what are those "wacky" beliefs you speak of? Is it just that mormons have VALUES??? Is that what you can't live with? Maybe you should learn a little more about the church before you open your ignorant mouth!

Who cares what the majority thinks, the majority makes mistakes all the time, and when they do, the minority must fight until they get equality.

If we deferred to the majority all the time, the civil rights movement never had happened.

If you yes on 8 homophobes want to protect family, go ban divorce.

Good for you BudSD. But remember, its not just gay men and women who will refuse to allow this discrimination to stand... Its 47 (and growing) percent of CA residents. Its the young and free. Its anyone who looks back on how far our country has come in accepting its minorities as equals, and is unwilling to let things slide back to those times past that we feel so ashamed of now. Demographics are changing, and times will change alongside. Bigotry is aging, and equality is taking its place. Prop 8 WILL fall eventually, and as JTS said, history will judge its proponents harshly.

This entire situation is pretty sad. First let me say I am an African American woman, Baptist and I voted Yes on 8. From the way I see things, this is not a fight over rights this is a fight over the word "Marriage". Everyone I know who also voted Yes on 8 are entirely for equal rights for Gays. The two sides just have different views on how to achieve this.

At its core, marriage is a religious ceremony and has been since the first marriage was performed thousands of years ago. The state has afforded rights to this institution and that's what the fight should be about. However, the fact that marriage has been assigned certain rights does not negate the fact that it is, always have been and still is a religious ceremony!!! While I realize that it has to be hurtful to realize that people who believe in God have to believe the homosexuality is wrong. That's where the separation of church and state begin. As a Christian I am taught that marriage is between a man and a woman. This is what God has deemed. However, as an individual who believes in fairness I do believe that Gays should have the same rights as straights. However, just leave religion out of it and call it whatever you want.

I keep hearing discrimination and bigotry. When I honestly think that most of the ignorance and intolerance is coming from the Gay community. The refusal to respect Religious beliefs is very sad and offensive. The truth of the matter is, if there was a prop on the ballot to expand the rights of civil unions/domestic partnerships so that they are the same as hetero marriage this issue could finally be settled. However, if the Gay community continues to attack religion (which is ironic since what they're fighting for is the right to use religious terminology), I will continue to vote against it. Not because I see it as being oppressive to a group of people but because I will always stand up for my Religious beliefs.

"Marriage" is a term used by Religions to signify the union of a man and woman in matrimony, what's wrong with asking you to come up with your own? One that doesn't infringe on my beliefs?

I seriously doubt that we would be celebrating today the promise and hope of President-Elect Obama had the laws of segregation, touting "separate but equal", governed his childhood, young adulthood and family life.

Gay people are simply a minority that the far-right now uses to instill fear into its masses and rally them to take up arms in a false armageddon. Scary Gay people are really just like a mirage in the desert- only when you get up close to us, you see we are working parents with mortgages, car payments, school loans, with parents close to retirement, and kids in school. We are professionals, blue-collar types, artist, trades people, and, yes, in the military. We worry about the future of our children and sacrifice for them on a daily basis. Marriage is in fact a right. A right to deal with all of these challenges and responsibilities with the same legal leverage that our straight counterparts have.

So, are civil unions and marriage the same thing? No, because while "separate but equal" may suggest that the service rendered is the same, it explicitly says the individual is somehow deficient. And that is not equality before the law.

I have a phd and I believe in God. I also believe in the sanctity of marriage as a union between a man and a woman which would result in a family. SF showed how loud they'd be if 8 was not passed. They already took a kindergarten class to a gay wedding and called it "educational." OBAMA BELIEVES MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN. He said he did, as did Biden. This is not a civil rights issue. How dare you say being gay is the same as being black. There is nothing perverted about being black.

Re: Look at the math, over 52% voted "YES on Prop 8", yet less than 2% of the population gets the whole blame for Prop 8 passing. Sounds a lot like Germany in the 1930s blaming all their problems on the Jews. Now who are the ones radiating HATE?

Cal: You're an idiot and cleary desperate for a good comeback for comparing Jews, who were butchered and murdered for doing nothing wrong, to Mormons, who like you said made up 2% of the electorate but poured tens of millions into a campaign to write hate and bigotry into our Constitution.

I'm so amazed at comments like "See Mormons? See! This is what happens when you push your wacky beliefs into everyone's private lives!" The PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA not just mormons have spoken here. And they also spoken in Arizona and Florida. Whatever happened to liberals who used to preach tolerance of others ideas and beliefs? I guess tolerance is only ok as long as it's liberal ideas and beliefs.

VIVIAN: If You don't like it move to Iran.

There is a famous saying in this country:

'History is on our side'.

Look at the % of people aged 18-30 that voted No on 8. It is only a matter of time until Gay and Lesbian people get full rights all over the US.

Religious folks, you better hope Jesus comes back and clarifies his position (he's been MIA these past 2000 years). If not the youth will change everything. Your time is running out, and your ugliness will be a wart on the history of American civil rights..

The youth of this country is the Change we can believe in.

Every claim made by someone in a position to officially represent the "Yes on 8" campaign was substantiated by a direct reference to the source, or a specific example of something that actually occurred. Sorry, but you can't say the same about the opponents to Prop 8.

For all those wanting to boycott businesses that supported Prop 8, I say then that all those that did support prop 8 should boycott business that were in opposition to Prop 8.

Why don't both sides STOP THE HATE and move on.

I am a gay in Utah. I do not feel I am discriminated by those around me, especially the Mormons since I am surrounded by them. They are nice and polite with me. As far as Mike and I are concerned, I guess I feel Mike and I know we love each other. The term 'marriage' says no where in there that it is a love binding agreement. Hetrosexual couples get married all the time and don't love one another. So by saying we want to marry because then it shows we love one another, why should I care what anyone else thinks but the two of us? He knows I love him and vice versa. We own a home together and if we separated would have a whole legal battle with the house just like anyone else would. We also both have a living will directing our assest to one another in the event of a death. I feel I have all the same rights as my neighbors. We respect others opinions and the law. We make sure we have the laws we are entitled to by educating ourselves. Why can't we just agree to disagree?

"But while we're at it I am for constitutional ammendments against the following groups that slightly annoy me.
-People that still write checks at the grocery store
-People that have super bright headlights on SUVs in the middle of the city
-People that save entire rows of seats at the movie theater using combinations of sweaters, purses, and hats"

-- evan

Hilarious! How about some others:

-People who take forever to leave their parking stall, when they know you're waiting to pull in.
-Grunty-dudes at the gym.
-People who rinse their hands but don't use soap after peeing. (Seriously, you might as well just keep 'em dry!)
-People who have to try every sample at Costco, and leave their cart blocking the aisles to have their free vitamin-gummy-bear.

...people that sill write checks at the grocery store... awesome! :)

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