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Crowd outside state Supreme Court debates Prop. 8

May 26, 2009 | 10:16 am

Five minutes before the state Supreme Court released its decision on Prop. 8, the crowd in front of the courthouse in San Francisco had grown to several hundred.

Lavishly made-up Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in their nuns habits debated the propriety of gay marriage and homosexuality with students from American River College, which claims to be the only college to support Prop. 8 before the election.

Sister Maudlin Mascara went chin-to-chin with student George Popko, 22.

"So you’re saying I choose to be homosexual,” Maudlin said.

Popko: “You choose to engage in homosexual behavior."

Maudlin: "So I choose to engage in homosexual behavior, how does that make me a bad person?"

Popko: "It’s unhealthy."

There appeared to be far more supporters of gay marriage outside the courthouse than defenders of Prop. 8.

--Maria La Ganga