Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo, a supporter of Barack Obama who was defeated in her attempt for another term, told the crowd that her emotions were split on the outcome of Tuesdays election, but I am certainly not happy about Proposition 8.
The measure, which is leading by a five-point margin, amends the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. On Wednesday a small group of Alameda County residents started what they are calling a grass-roots movement to reverse the proposition statewide. The rally Sunday was one action in support of that.
One rally volunteer said there was more passion from proponents of same-sex marriage than she had seen in the final days of the election.
They are a lot more pepped up right now, Jovannah Radtke, of Sacramento, was serving on the security force at the rally. There is a lot more enthusiasm and passion, she said.
The California Highway Patrol said the crowd was peaceful.
Hundreds of signs were being carried around the Capitol grounds with messages like, Love not H8 and My Mormon family loves me and voted no on 8 to protect my civil rights.
Religious groups, including the Mormon and Catholic churches, organized efforts in support of Proposition 8.
At todays rally, however, if there were supporters of Proposition 8 on hand, they were not making themselves known.
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