Prop 8 Rallies

October 25, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
More than a hundred people turned out for a "No on Proposition 8" rally in Fresno. Proposition 8 is on the ballot this November. If passed it would ban same-sex marriage in California.

Today's rally comes just one day before the Mayor and Congressman Radanovich will hold a "Yes on Prop 8" rally at city hall.

More than a hundred people took to each corner of Blackstone and Shaw on Saturday afternoon, holding signs and encouraging drivers to vote no on Proposition 8.

Elizabeth Ochoa, opposes Proposition 8, says "Nothing is really a traditional marriage it is what it is it's just two people loving each other."

Elizabeth wore her wedding dress from her same-sex marriage to try and make a statement that gay and straight marriage is the same. Proposition 8 overrules a Supreme Court decision and bans same-sex marriage.

Michelle Ochoa, opposes Proposition 8, says "Love is love! Vote no on 8!"

The couple is upset that Mayor Alan Autry will be at a large rally at city hall on Sunday in support of Proposition 8. "Just for the simple fact that he's a major figure in Fresno and he shouldn't be supporting one side because we're all people we all bleed the same," says Michelle.

Pastor Jim Franklin hopes Sunday's rally will get as much support as one four years ago, where more than two thousand people turned out in support of traditional marriage between a man and a woman. "There are many people here in our valley that really believe in traditional values that really want to see marriage protected as one man one woman," says Pastor Franklin.

Also Saturday afternoon, further down Blackstone Avenue, several people turned out to support voting "Yes on Prop 8."

Jill Poulsen, supports Proposition 8, says "Marriage is between a man and a woman and I think every child deserves to have a father and a mother."

Sunday's rally starts at 4-pm at city hall. On Sunday, November 2nd, hundreds are expected at city hall for a "No on Prop 8" rally with Father Jeff Farrow as the main speaker. He was recently suspended as a priest and removed from St. Paul Newman center after he announced he was gay and supported voting "No on Proposition 8."

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