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Photo Essay: Thousands In Downtown Protest Prop H8

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Braving unseasonably (and unbearably) hot summer-like weather*, thousands of equality supporting Angelenos gathered this morning in Downtown to protest the nefarious assault on the civil rights of gay Americans, the much reviled Proposition 8. It was a fitting end to a week that's seen a tremendous (albeit much too late) backlash against the measure - Protests at Mormon temples, a boycott of a longstanding staple of West Hollywood dining - even the Governator threw his belated 2 cents in.

Police estimated that around 10 to 12,000 people showed up. We managed to make it out there ourselves and though it's entirely possible we're suffering from sunstroke, our experience says that 12,000 is a conservative number. We'll have to wait and see if a different estimate comes in. Meanwhile, 12 or 40,000, it felt like half the city was there. Here's our experience, in picture.