Gay marriage battle

July 18, 2009 11:59:04 PM PDT
The gay marriage battle took a more civil tone Saturday as supporters took to the streets of Fresno to have conversations with their opponents.They're canvassing neighborhoods where at least half of all voters supported limiting marriage to heterosexual couples.

In this case, they talked with residents in the Tower District, where the vote was about 50-50.

Scotti Maldonado, Equality California said "We all have personal stories we can share with people that really creates that connection between us. So it's about changing hearts and minds through telling your story and humanizing yourself."

Leslie Purvis, prop 8 supporters said "I think the gay & lesbian community gets a lot of stereotypes of us, just as we have stereotypes of them and it's always a good thing when we can have a rational conversation."

Gay marriage supporters are spending a lot of time in the valley because about 70 percent of voters here supported prop 8.

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