Assemblyman Mark Leno, who is openly gay, authored the same-sex marriage bill which passed the legislature last year, but was vetoed by the Governor. He says things may be different this year.
“We just need to make sure we elect a governor this November who will sign our marriage equality bill!" he shouted to a large group of gay and lesbian youth from across the state.
The youth were lobbying lawmakers for two new measures – one that requires schools to establish anti-discrimination policies, and another that amends the education code to specifically forbid discrimination because of sexual orientation.
Hundreds of opponents gathered across the street, chanting "Stop Gay, Stop Gay." Carolyn O’Conner was there selling T-shirts she calls “no-gay gear:”
“As a Christian I have to take a stand on God’s word. He says homosexuality is an abomination. And it should not be allowed.”
Police kept the two large groups apart to avoid any confrontations.