Social networking sites, e-mails and blogs are being used to propel protests -- in San Diego and across the country -- against last week's vote banning gay marriage.
Sites including Facebook and MySpace advertise where and when protests will take place, and that is followed by a barrage of text messages and e-mails. That push drove last Saturday's estimated attendance of 10,000 through Hillcrest and spread the word about two demonstrations at the San Diego Mormon Temple to protest the church's influence in the Yes on 8 campaign.
Word of a nationwide demonstration is now going viral, with a group called Join the Impact touting a march here in San Diego and in every city in the United States. That march is set to start at 9 a.m. at 6th Avenue and Upas Street.
Proposition 8 supporters told the San Diego Union-Tribune while these events fall under the First Amendment, they ignore the will of the majority to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
"It demonstrates a disdain and lack of respect for the democratic process,” said the Rev. Chris Clark, pastor of the East Clairemont Southern Baptist Church.
Rick Jacobs, who founded Courage Campaign, told the paper, “Technology is the campaign. The rallies, the protests were all organized 100 percent online.”