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Hundreds march for gay marriage in California

Hundreds of same-sex couples and their supporters marched through dusty California farm towns, pushing for gay marriage in the state's conservative center.

world Updated: May 31, 2009 08:17 IST

Hundreds of same-sex couples and their supporters marched through dusty California farm towns, pushing for gay marriage in the state's conservative center.

Just days after the state's highest court upheld a ban on gay marriage, advocates said they wouldn't be dissuaded, and vowed to win the hearts and minds of those who reject their unions.

They pledged to put a new initiative before voters to overturn the ban--perhaps as soon as next year--and to take their message to Washington in October.

The weekend-long event has attracted the movement's veteran activists and celebrities including Charlize Theron and Eric McCormack. It was organized by a lesbian mother in Fresno who was removed from the parent-teacher association at her son's Roman Catholic school after she spoke out against banning same-sex weddings.