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People across the nation rally against Prop. 8

Across the nation, thousands of gay rights advocates gathered on Saturday to protest laws banning same-sex marriage. These rallies came almost two weeks after California, Arizona and Florida voters passed ballot initiatives that restrict the definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman.

"Rain or shine, our community will take to the streets to get the word out that equality is a human right and one that we will not stop working toward until it's afforded to all citizens," said Willow Witte, a JoinTheImpact.com founder and organizer. (CNN)

In California, Proposition 8 overturned a ruling made in May by the California Supreme Court that struck down a 2000 ban on same-sex unions. It passed 52.5 percent to 47.5 percent.

Protests in California have been held in multiple cities, including Long Beach, San Diego, and Palm Springs. Demonstrators also gathered in Boston, New York and other cities across the nation.

According to the Los Angeles Times,there was an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 people in attendance. This number was well below the expected 40,000. However, for an event that started off on Facebook, protesters called the event a success.

A representative of the Proposition 8 campaign told the LA Times that the protests would have little effect. "They can protest all they like, and it doesn't change the fact that Prop. 8 has passed and the election is now over," said Frank Schubert, manager for the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign.