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Gay Activists Rally Outside Mormon Temple in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - Carrying signs reading "Love not Hate" and "Did you cast a ballot or a stone?", a large crowd of gay-marriage supporters gathered outside a Mormon temple in New York City to protest the church's endorsement of a same-sex marriage ban in California.

Wednesday night's rally came hours after gay couples exchanged vows for the first time in Connecticut amid cheers and tears of
joy.

In the Upper West Side of Manhattan, demonstrators chanted "Shame on you!" outside the temple. Leaders of the Mormon church had encouraged members to support passage of California's Proposition 8, a referendum banning same-sex marriage.

A church spokesman meanwhile says that while citizens have the
right to protest, he's "puzzled" and "disturbed" by the gathering since the majority of California's voters had approved the amendment.

Gay-marriage advocates are planning nationwide demonstrations
this weekend in more than 175 cities and outside the U.S. Capitol
building.

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


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