San Diegans to March Against Prop. 8

Two separate events are slated this weekend as opponents of Proposition 8 plan to take their message for equal rights to the streets of San Diego.

A rally is set to be held Friday night in Balboa Park.  According to the Stonewall Citizens' Patrol, participants will gather at Sixth and Laurel around 9 p.m.

A large protest will follow on Saturday at noon.  Marchers will gather at 301 University Avenue in Hillcrest and march peacefully east to the North Park Theater.  Fliers have been passed out to the public at the "No on Prop. 8" headquarters in Hillcrest for the event dubbed the "Equal rights March."

Participants are urged to "fight for your rights -- enough is enough."

San Diego police are urging the public to be "civil at all times and to follow the orders of the police department."

Other protests across the country include one a rally in front of the headquarters of the Mormon church in Salt Lake City over the faith's support for the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in California.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encouraged its members to work to pass Proposition 8 by volunteering their time and money for the campaign.

The Friday evening protest comes a day after people demonstrated outside a Mormon temple in Los Angeles. About 1,000 gay-marriage supporters waved signs and brought afternoon traffic to a halt.

Another large protest is set to take place in San Francisco.

Energized by the passage of Prop. 8, conservative activists say they want to apply the same formula they used to outlaw same-sex marriage in California to prevent other states from recognizing gay unions and President-elect Barack Obama from expanding the rights of gays and lesbians.

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