Same-Sex Marriage Debate

April 16, 2009 11:28:16 PM PDT
The State Supreme Court has about six weeks left to either uphold or reject voter approved Proposition 8.Supporters of same sex marriage who gathered at a forum in Fresno believe the battle won't end when the court issues its ruling.

Prop 8 opponents say they have to be prepared for another future election. But, more importantly, they need to focus on educating more Valley residents about gay rights.

It's been more than five months since California voters approved Prop 8 ... A measure that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. But, a lawsuit was filed to overturn that decision, and the California Supreme Court now has until June third to make its ruling.

AJ Kruth was one of seventy people who attended a forum held Thursday night at Fresno City College. There, they discussed what went wrong before the election, and where they can go from here.

Geoff Kors of Equality California says Valley voters weren't targeted as much as they should have been ... which is why an Equality California field office will open up in Fresno within the next several weeks.

If the Supreme Court overturns Prop 8, Kors says a field representative will still work to instill equality within the Valley region. If Prop 8 stands, they'll do that and work to put it on the ballot next year. But, Prop 8 supporters say what's done is done ... and it's now time for everyone to move on.

Another sign more efforts will be put towards the Valley ... Prop 8 opponents say the largest statewide Prop 8 rally will be held the Saturday after the Supreme Court's ruling in downtown Fresno.

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