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More National Anti-Prop 8 Protests Planned for January

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Just two days after Saturday's nationwide candlelight vigil regarding the passing of Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California, organizers from Join the Impact announced another cross-county event that will address President-Elect Barack Obama directly, reminding him of a campaign promise made in February.

"In response to President-elect Barack Obama’s 'Open Letter to the Gay Community,' we ask that you join us in signing our Open Letter to Barack Obama,' to be revealed soon," organizers wrote on their blog.

In that letter from Obama, he told the gay community he supports a complete repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a promise that is the focal point of the protests planned for January 10. "While some say we should repeal only part of the law, I believe we should get rid of that statute altogether," Obama wrote. "Federal law should not discriminate in any way against gay and lesbian couples, which is precisely what DOMA does."

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