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Report details price of supporting California's Prop. 8

Report details price of supporting California's Prop. 8



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SALT LAKE CITY -- A new report criticizes people who fought against California's Proposition 8 supporters a year ago.

Last November, 52 percent of California voters approved the constitutional amendment that limited marriage to between a man and a woman. It overturned a previous state court ruling that had legalized gay marriage.

The conservative, California-based think tank The Heritage Foundation released the report called "The Price of Prop 8." It says supporters of Proposition 8 have suffered harassment, intimidation, and sometimes vandalism.

Thomas M. Messner, author of the 16-page publication, wrote that Prop. 8 supporters "have been subjected to harassment, intimidation, vandalism, racial scapegoating, blacklisting, loss of employment, economic hardships, angry protests, violence, at least one death threat and gross expressions of anti-religious bigotry."

The report cites detailed incidents and includes 112 footnotes.

The publication also includes a section called "Mormons in the Crosshairs." It details efforts against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which was one of many groups that encouraged support of the proposition.

The paper also mentions a handful of acts committed against Prop. 8 opponents and acknowledges many gay-marriage activists have condemned certain types of hostilities, the Deseret News reports.

California's gay-rights activists want to repeal Prop. 8, but they haven't decided whether to try it in 2010 or 2012.

In some states, same-sex marriage is taking center stage again Tuesday as voters take up the issue in Maine and Washington.

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