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Prop. 8 protesters want to recall Signal Hill city official

December 9, 2008 |  7:55 am

What did the treasurer of tiny Signal Hill do wrong? The city near Long Beach is doing fine financially. Well, he contributed about $3,300 to the campaign to ban gay marriage in California. Now activists want to recall him from office, another raising of the stakes in the gay-marriage battles. From the Long Beach Press-Telegram:

Opponents of the Proposition 8 gay marriage ban are taking their fight to Signal Hill City Hall on Wednesday, where they plan to rally in support of a possible recall petition of city Treasurer Emerson Fersch.

The rally is part of the national "Day Without A Gay" action, in which gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are asked to take off work in opposition to Proposition 8. Voters last month approved the statewide proposition, which creates a state Constitutional amendment defining marriage as being only between a man and a woman.

Fersch, who is an elected official and is a bishop in the Mormon church, gave $3,285 in support of Proposition 8. That hasn't gone over well with Long Beach's or Signal Hill's gay and lesbian communities.

"I think the general consensus in our community is if he was a private citizen, that would be one thing, but public officials should be held to a higher standard," said Brian Frederick, a Garden Grove resident who works in Long Beach and is organizing the Signal Hill rally.

--Shelby Grad