Raymon Hernandez, of Claremont, shows a sign to passing cars duringthe Join The Impact rally at Pasadena City Hall on Saturday.
Raymon Hernandez, of Claremont, shows a sign to passing cars during the Join The Impact rally at Pasadena City Hall on Saturday. (Keith Durflinger SGVN/Staff)
PASADENA - Nearly 100 people took to the steps of City Hall on Saturday morning to protest a ban on same-sex marriages.

Put together by gay-rights advocacy group Join the Impact, the crowd spoke out against the November passage of Proposition 8, an initiative that legally defined marriage as only being between a man and a woman.

"I know it is the responsibility of the government to treat every American as equal under the law," said Rev. Ricky Hoyt of Unitarian Universalist Church in Santa Clarita.

He was one of several speakers who approached a podium at the top of the steps and spoke to the crowd below, where protestors held signs that said, "protect all families," and "Liberty and justice for all."

Some carried rainbow flags, and one woman wore a wedding dress.

Brian Walsh and Erin Scott, a straight couple, came with their dog, who wore a sign that said "Hate Cats, Not Gays."

"It just seems ridiculous that they could just exclude people from the institution of marriage," Walsh said.

The protest was one of several events regionwide being hosted by "Join the Impact," said Scott Boardman, who coordinated the Pasadena event.

"We can do it civilly, this is the right way to protest," he said.

Boardman urged the crowd stand up for themselves and spread the message.

"Talk to people," he said. "You never know what kind of response you are going to get."

Gail Wise and Lynn Kirste of West Hollywood said they were one of 18,000 couples who were married when same sex marriage was legal in California.

"We are everywhere," Wise said. "We need to show them we are everywhere. We are not going away."

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