Prop. 8 protests
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Thousands rally for same-sex marriage in California

Prop. 8 protests
About 10,000 people gathered Saturday along Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles to protest the passage Proposition 8, the ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage in California. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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Chat R. Warner, of the Bible Believers Los Angeles Chapter, shouts at supporters of same-sex marriage during a counter-protest downtown. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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Los Angeles Police Department officials estimated 10,000 to 12,000 people showed up for the Proposition 8 protest Saturday -- a much smaller crowd than the 40,000 people police had expected. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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LAPD officers stake out positions for their horses in anticipation of the rally. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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Couple Mark Trigg, left, and Pierre Alexandre Kabalan show their support of same-sex marriage. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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Members of the nonprofit group Cheer LA perform as Proposition 8 protesters march along Main Street in downtown Los Angeles. Supporters of same-sex marriage organized rallies across the country in what many say is the latest incarnation of the civil rights movement. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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About 200 upporters of same-sex marriage rallied Saturday at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. (Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times)
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A Proposition 8 opponent holds a sign comparing the gay marriage issue to racial segregation. Equal rights was a prominent mantra at Saturday’s rallies. (Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times)
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Police officers escort Rueben Israel, of Bible Believers, to a neutral zone in front of City Hall. Despite the vigorous debate between supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage, the rallies remained peaceful. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
San Francisco rally
Hank Donat holds a sign during a rally against the passage of Proposition 8 in San Francisco. In addition to the San Francisco, L.A. and Costa Mesa events, there was a protest in Sacramento that drew about 1,500 people to the Capitol. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
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