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Laguna Beach Votes to Oppose Gay Marriage Ban

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Last night, gay friendly Laguna Beach became one of the first cities in California to officially oppose Proposition 8, which will appear on November's election ballot and asks voters to ban same-sex marriage in the state. Bob Gentry, the city's former mayor and a previous councilman was one of the first openly gay mayors in the country.

"I mean this is just who we are," said Councilmember Elizabeth Pearson. "This is one of the things that make Laguna great." Another audience member said, "it's such a Laguna thing to do."

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Reports across the media state that Laguna was the first in the state to oppose Prop 8. But, in a "for the record statement," the LA Times corrected themselves saying the Orange County city was not the first city to vote "no" on the ban. The article hints towards possibly Los Angeles being the first by saying "Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa approved a similar measure earlier this month." Interesting that this fact didn't get much press at all. One would think that it would be a pretty big deal. Nevertheless, it's all good and welcome news for the No-on-Prop-8 people.