PASADENA - Taking up where they left off last year, opponents of Proposition 8 say they'll stage a protest Saturday on the steps of Pasadena City Hall.

It's one of several protests planned nationwide Saturday in support of same-sex marriages, said organizer Scott Boardman, 29, of Monrovia, who added he plans to spread the word about the local demonstration by handing out fliers at Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue on Wednesday and again on Friday.

He said organizers expect anywhere from 400 to 1,000 people to show up at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in front of City Hall.

"You don't see that many rallies anymore," he said, "but yes, it's still valid. As long as (protesting) is done correctly and responsibly, then, yes, demonstrating is the way to go."

All-Saints Episcopal Church supports Boardman, the Rev. Susan Russell said Monday. The Pasadena church married 40 same-sex couples between June 17 and Nov. 4. One day later, California voters approved Proposition 8 and made such unions illegal under the state Constitution.

Russell said her church remains part of national faith-based efforts promoting the idea that Christian values mean equality for all.

"Scott is a young leader here in Pasadena, but this is a nationwide movement," said Russell. "The United States is founded on values of freedom of religion and from religion. All-Saints is part of a national group that believes God's laws include everyone and that the United States Constitution provides protection for everyone.


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Although Boardman has led three local protests against the proposition, he believes a lot more work needs to be done.

In the wake of Proposition 8's passage, a handful of lawsuits have been filed with the state Supreme Court, which has agreed to hear three of the cases. Until the Supreme Court makes a ruling, expected sometime this year, Proposition 8 remains in effect.

"The gay community has become complacent again now that the courts have come to our defense," said Boardman. "We need to realize that we have a long way to go to be accepted. We have to keep marching."

Janet Pope-Givens, spokeswoman for the Pasadena Police Department, said the department will monitor Saturday's protest.

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