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Although organizers called the event a “welcome” for Obama, many in the crowd of 200 expressed anger that the president has not moved to repeal the federal defense of marriage act and the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy toward gay service members.
During the protest, the crowd chanted, “Out of the court, into the streets, we are ready to fight, we won’t be beat.” It was a reference to Tuesday’s state Supreme Court decision to uphold Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage.
The President never made an official statement on acknowledging the protest: I am sure his handlers briefed him on the situation outside the hotel and what it was for.
Blogger Rex Wockner reports: Between 5,000 and 10,000 march in San Diego. "Among the marchers was Lisa Sanders, Republican Mayor Jerry Sanders' openly lesbian daughter. Both spoke at the march's end at the Hall of Justice downtown. .......Lisa Sanders. 'I'm very saddened today that the Supreme Court did not overturn Prop 8. However, I am here with all of you and I know that we will get full equality. We will all be treated equally because we're all family and we're here today to fight for our rights.'
"Gibbons said in a statement released during the Memorial Day holiday that Senate Bill 283 conflicts with a state constitutional amendment approved by Nevada voters in 2002 supporting marriage between a man and a woman...It was not immediately clear if the Legislature would seek to override Gibbons' veto. The measure would prohibit discrimination against domestic partners, and give them the same community property and debt rights as married couples. The Republican governor also said domestic partners can sign private contracts to accomplish many of the goals of the law. Harrah's Entertainment has called for an override if Gibbons vetoed the measure. The casino giant pointed to an estimated $700 billion in buying power among potential lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender customers. The bill also had support from of the powerful Nevada Resort Association, and drew praise from the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada."
Quipped Gibbons: "My disapproval of this bill should not be taken to suggest that domestic partners are in any way undeserving of rights and protections...However, I believe that Senate Bill 283 represents a fundamental departure from the will of the voters expressed in Article 1, Section 21 of the Nevada Constitution, and only the voters should have the right to undo or amend constitutional mandates."