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Same Sex Marriage Supporters Rally in San Diego

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    A day after California voters pass a ban on same sex marriage in the state, San Diegans gather and vow to keep fighting for gay marriage.

     A day after California voters pass a ban on same sex marriage in the state, San Diegans gather and vow to keep fighting for gay marriage.

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    It is a sad day for the San Diegans who led the local fight against Proposition 8, the state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

    "It feels a little like a wake here, and we are mourning," said recently married Linda Barufaldi.

    Hundreds of people attended a rally at the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans gender Center in Hillcrest Wednesday evening.

    "Almost 5 million Californians voted with us for fairness and more our equality under the law, so we're encouraged in the long run but in the short run it hurts," Barufaldi said, with her partner of 35 years, Joyce Marieb, by her side.

    San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and San Diego City Councilwoman Toni Atkins were among those who spoke at the rally, promising to continue the fight for gay marriage.  Sanders appeared with his daughter Lisa and her partner by her side. 

    "She woke up this morning and found out she was not going to have the same rights as her sister, and that's not fair," Sanders told the crowd, which applauded loudly for the mayor.

    At the same time, Wednesday was a day of victory for the "Yes on 8" campaign.  Some San Diego religious leaders played a prominent role in promoting the proposition, including Pastor Miles McPherson with the Rock Church.

    "A man and a woman, Mommy and Daddy being married is just right, and people couldn't get past the fact that this is just right," McPherson said.

    Challenges have already been filed in court by several groups, including the ACLU, arguing that a ballot proposition cannot undermine just one group's access to rights and that the amendment would deprive gays of constitutional rights.  There is legal uncertainty about the legal status of the 18,000 same-sex couples who recently married.

    "So we're just going to have to wait and see -- in our hearts, we're married and we're happy we got that opportunity to be equal on that level," Marieb said about her August marriage to Barufaldi.