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Both sides ratchet up bad feelings in California over gay marriage repeal [video]

”What we’re doing now is building a movement. There is more excitement and energy than I’ve seen in a long time about people coming together and wanting to have input as to what this movement looks like.”

Stuart Gaffney, an organizer for a San Francisco ”town meeting” over the passage of Proposition 8 which effectively banned all same-sex marriages. (San Jose Mercury News)

”This push-back in the last two weeks has actually mobilized the Yes on 8 people…. [If Proposition 8 is overturned] you will see a mobilized group like you have never seen in the state of California.”

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, which supported the anti-gay marriage initiative. He says people are faith are becoming angry at the angry protests and reactions from gay California’s over the passage of Proposition 8. (San Jose Mercury News)

”People are realizing NOW that you can’t leave it up to experts and consultants to secure your liberation. You have to participate in it. And I think that people are really engaged and really ready to do that…. [With] people who voted yes on 8 — and you can look to see who made significant contributions — we need to make sure that we do not paint anybody into a corner. We lost this battle, but we can still win this war, and we need everybody there…. We need to do some community building, and some fence building, and just extend our hands out. Clearly we didn’t have the conversations we needed to have with people.”

Mary McKay of Marriage Equality USA, an organization that seeks to retain same-sex marriage in California. (CBS Video)

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