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The Folly of the No on 8 Groups

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Hours after officials conferred the presidency upon Barack Obama, an agent of change in what could be a new era of American politics, millions around the state celebrated the win with a bittersweet tinge, recognizing that a majority of voters had dismissed the right of same-sex couples to marry.

The loss of Proposition 8 set off a frenzied spate of rallies across Los Angeles and other parts of the state where outraged gays and straights decried what they viewed as the hateful result. Images of blocked off streets, of activists atop cop cars, of sign waving, slogan chanting crowds were beamed across the nation as an example of mass antipathy.

But it was too late and so much more could have been done.