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Prop 8 Still Makes Waves in Laguna Beach

Most Laguna Beach residents support overturning Prop 8
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Protest like this one in WeHo took place in Laguna Beach as well | Photo by Oscalito via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr

Last November, the Laguna Beach City Council voted to stand with other California cities in supporting the movement to sue the state over the passage of the controversial Prop 8, which outlaws same-sex marriage.

Although "7,602 Laguna residents voted against Prop. 8, with 68 percent of the vote, and 3,544 residents, or 31 percent, voted in favor of the initiative," residents were upset with the Council's decisions, and supporters of the ban called for a gathering to be held last night at 5 "outside the City Council's regularly scheduled March 3 meeting," explains the OC Register.

To counter the gathering, those opposed to Prop 8 decided to hold their own protest, and picked up their signs and stood on the street to show their support of their City Council. The turnout: 2 people showed up to protest the Council, while 40 people showed up to protest Prop 8. Though in the minority in Laguna Beach, citizens of what is one of the more liberal communities in the conservative OC do have firm opinions on what marriage should be for everyone:

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"The people don't want homosexual marriage," Laguna resident Madeleine Visca said. "The only way they are going to get it is through the courts. "Once you do that, morality goes out the window. It's a real tragedy for our nation."

State hearings on Prop 8 are due to take place tomorrow; yesterday the California state Assembly and Senate voted in support of a bill that takes issue with the legality of Prop 8, further politicizing the already contentious issue.