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Peaceful protests in California over Anti-Prop. 8

Over 20,000 protesters filled the streets of Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Modesto on Saturday in mainly peaceful protests over passage of Proposition 8, the statewide ballot measure that bans same-sex marriage, the LA Times reported.

The various scene Saturday portrayed the racial and religious animosity that have become increasingly prevalent since Tuesday's vote raised question of the legality of 18,000 marriages of gay and lesbian couples and foreclosed the option for any more.

Police estimated that 12,500 enthusiastic protesters began at 6 p.m. at Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards in Silver Lake near the old site of the former Black Cat bar, which the city recently determined as a historic-cultural monument for its '60s role as home of the local gay rights movement.

Police guided the protesters along the streets for over three hours without significant confrontations. No arrests were made.

At the various rallies throughout the state, participants showed their frustration and anger over the ballot item that amends the state Constitution to declare that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized" in California.

Demonstraters held signs that read messages such as "Teach tolerance, not hate."

The Silver Lake rally started with motivational speeches from the bed of a pickup truck.

One of those speakers was Robin Tyler, who with her partner was denied a marriage license in 2004 and challenged it to the California Supreme Court.

The couple married after the court cleared the way for gay marriages, but the legal status of such marriages is now under scruitiny.

"The No on 8 people didn't want us to use the word 'bigots.' But that's what they are, bigots, bigots, bigots," Tyler said. "We will never be made invisible again. Never again will we let them define who we are."