Opponents of Proposition 8 End March to State Capitol

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Opponents of Proposition 8, who began a 100-mile march from Berkeley to Sacramento voicing dissent against the ban on same-sex marriage, ended their march at the California State Capitol yesterday.

The five-day Civil Rights March to Sacramento began in Downtown Berkeley with about 20 people, according to Kip Williams, the main organizer of the march and a member of One Struggle, One Fight, a group that formed in opposition to the proposition.

The march took place several weeks after the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding the constitutionality of the proposition on March 5.

The proposition, which passed by a narrow 52 percent on Nov. 4, reversed the court's decision to legalize same-sex marriages last May.

Williams said the march covered a longer distance than any previous march that had been organized against the proposition.

"We are marching to call on the California Supreme Court to overturn Prop. 8," he said.

Members of Protect Marriage, an organization that supports Proposition 8, declined to comment on the march.

On March 10, the Berkeley City Council unanimously endorsed the march. The council had already voted on Feb. 24 in favor of a resolution that put the city of Berkeley on record advocating for the repeal of the proposition.

Berkeley City Councilmember Kriss Worthington said he and Councilmember Darryl Moore had also co-signed a letter of support for the march.

Worthington said it is necessary for community members fighting the proposition "to use every tool possible" in order to legalize same-sex marriage.

After hearing oral arguments against the proposition, the judges must issue a ruling within 90 days.

If the courts do not rule in favor of overturning the proposition, protesters may stage road blocks or sit-ins and call on others throughout California to do the same, said Seth Fowler, a member of One Struggle, One Fight.

Williams said the purpose of the march extended beyond seeking gay rights.

"The value of this march was in connecting with people and connecting with communities along the way," Williams said.


Contact Crystalkay Fairrington at [email protected]

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