Lake Tahoe protests Proposition 8 |

Lake Tahoe protests Proposition 8

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ” South Lake Tahoe joined communities across the state and across the nation last weekend when it held its own protest to the anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 initiative, which was passed by Golden State voters on Nov. 4.

At least 100 people, gay and straight, gathered at El Dorado Beach as part of a coast-to-coast, nationwide day of protest.

“This has far-reaching effects because this is a civil rights issue,” said Maggie Wattle of South Lake Tahoe, who was at the demonstration. “Let’s take the religious fundamentalism out of the picture. You extend the right to all or you extend the right to none.”

Those who gathered said the measure discriminates against gays who wish to have the same rights as straight couples. California now joins 29 other states in having constitutional amendments that restrict marriage to one man and one woman.

Flanked with signs that said “equal rights for all,” the Tahoe gathering generated a fair share of waves and honks of support along Highway 50 ” along with occasional finger gestures by motorists.

“What we’re here to say is that this is not just a gay and lesbian issue but a universal issue,” said protest organizer Janice Eastburn. “This is about justice and equality for everyone and basic fairness for all Americans.”

Eastburn and others believe the negative advertising and the false information that was presented to the public about gay marriage is the reason the proposition passed.

“There were a lot of conservative groups and religious organizations that put tons of money into the passage of Proposition 8 and unfortunately the publicity around it, the fear that the advertising generated, was based on lies and disinformation,” Eastburn said. “They made it out to be a religious issue. But marriage is not a religious issue. It is a right. Straight people can choose to get married in a church or not in a church, but it is still a civil law and a civil right. What we’re saying is that we are entitled to that same right as everyone else.”

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