Thousands Flock to Hillcrest to Defend Gay Marriage

Mayor Sanders at the forefront of the fight.

By Rachel Bianco
|  Monday, Nov 3, 2008  |  Updated 2:17 PM PDT
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Thousands Flock to Hillcrest to Defend Gay Marriage

San Diego Mayor Sanders addresses thousands of Proposition 8 opponents in Hillcrest

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An estimated 6,000 people took to the streets of Hillcrest Saturday night urging people to vote no on proposition 8.

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders lead the charge. For Sanders the issue is political and deeply personal. His daughter Lisa is a Lesbian. There was a time he was for a same sex marriage ban.  Last fall he went public with a surprising change of heart announcing he  was against a ban on gay marriage.

The all day push against prop 8 began with a morning church service. Opponents packed St. Paul's Episcopal Church Saturday morning.

Dozens of clergy members from a variety of religions, races, and backgrounds say they're urging people to vote on the side of love.

"Our diversity is a gift. An opportunity for us to experience the height, breadth, and depth of God's creativity" said Reverend Mary Sue Brookshire The married mother of two, was among those addressing some 400 people during the interfaith service. 

 "I think that all people have a right to marry, i think that all people have a right to vote, we're called a country of freedom, we're supposed to be free, " said the Reverend Brenda Evans of the Christ Chapel World Ministries.

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