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'Day Without A Gay' in West Hollywood

December 10, 2008 |  3:17 pm

A restaurant in the heart of a gay-friendly section of Santa Monica Boulevard stands empty during Day Without a Gay December 10, 2008 in West Hollywood, California.

Gay rights activists encouraged gay people across the country to “call in gay” Wednesday, and stay out of work to protest the passage of Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California.

But business did not come to a screeching halt Wednesday. It seems that in this tough economy, many people went to work anyway.

Even in West Hollywood.

“Here at my law firm, everyone is gay except for two people, and everybody is here today,” said West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran. He added that Day Without A Gay could perhaps be bigger next year, when there is more time to plan.

Also on Wednesday, the Yes on 8 campaign announced the creation of a Legal Defense Fund and began soliciting donations to pay legal fees.

Gay rights proponents have filed a lawsuit challenging Proposition 8, and the Yes on 8 side said Wednesday that defending the proposition could cost at least $350,000.

“We are working fervently to assemble the best legal minds and resources for the best possible legal defense. But to do this, we need your help,” wrote Andrew Pugno, the legal advisor to the Yes on 8 campaign.

--Jessica Garrison

Photo: A restaurant in the heart of a gay-friendly section of Santa Monica Boulevard stands empty during Day Without a Gay December 10, 2008 in West Hollywood, California. David McNew/Getty Images.

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