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Green Party of California endorses mass protests Saturday across the nation, and the state against Prop. 8, says it rejects legislation that legalizes a 'hate crime'

GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE

SACRAMENTO (November 14, 2008) - The Green Party of California endorsed mass, worldwide demonstrations this Saturday (November 15) in every state in the nation, including California, protesting the passage of Proposition 8, California's anti-gay marriage amendment, as well as other anti-gay ballot initiatives in Arkansas, Arizona and Florida.

More than 1 million people are expected to participate. In California, demonstrations are being planned in at least 65 cities, including Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Oakland/Berkeley, Fresno, Long Beach and Bakersfield, according to JoinTheImpact.com, which is organizing the national protests.

Protests are planned to be simultaneous, starting nationwide at 10:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m EST.).

"The Green Party of California very strongly opposed Proposition 8. We fully support the freedom to marry, and all the rights, benefits and responsibilities without discrimination based on sex, gender or sexual orientation. We oppose any legislation that, as Prop. 8 does, legalizes this form of a hate crime," said the GPCA in a statement Friday.

"We want to plant the seed of change and community (and) not let anger steer the conversation," said JoinTheImpact.com, adding that the protests are meant to encourage the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ) community to fight back in a show of national unity against these initiatives in a "respectful manner."

For more info: jointheimpact.wetpaint.com
Michael Bolognino or Amy Balliett: 866.573.6776

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Contacts:
Cres Vellucci, Press Secretary, 916.996.9170,

The Green Party of California
PO Box 2828
Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437
Web: http://www.cagreens.org
EMail:

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