Churches make final push in California's gay-marriage fight

Sacramento BeeNovember 3, 2008 

The battle over same-sex marriages was waged in congregations throughout California Sunday as faith leaders on both sides of the issue made one final appeal to their members.

With only two days before the election, ministers urged members to do the right thing when they vote on Proposition 8, the ballot measure which would amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

Church leaders' activities included handing out fliers, inserting voting guides into church bulletins, setting up information booths, holding prayer meetings and preaching from the pulpit on Proposition 8.

At St. Peter's Catholic Church in Sacramento, congregants nodded in agreement when the Rev. Rodolfo Llamas urged them to vote for Proposition 8.

"This vote is insulting God," said Llamas to the 200 parishioners at the 8:30 a.m. Mass.

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