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Mayor Blasts Church Support for Gay Marriage Ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is
blasting church support for Proposition 8, which would amend
California's constitution to recognize only marriage between a man and a woman.

Newsom says same-sex marriages that are now legal in California are civil rather than religious ceremonies, and suggests that churches seeking to ban them are violating separation of church and state.

But the Rev. Jim Garlow, who's leading Christian efforts to pass
Proposition 8, says churches have a right to make their voices
heard on what they view as "a moral, Biblical and spiritual issue."

Garlow says tens of thousands of Christians who've been fasting and praying for weeks will gather Saturday in San Diego's Qualcomm
Stadium in support of traditional marriage.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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