Gay Advocates In Las Vegas Protest Marriage Ban

LAS VEGAS (AP) - More than 1,000 people are rallying in support of gay rights as part of a series of protests against a gay marriage ban passed 11 days ago in California.

The crowd gathered outside the Gay and Lesbian Community Center in Las Vegas Saturday afternoon. They carried signs reading "Inequality is soooo not kool" and "Love is love."

Candice Nichols, a protest organizer, cast the issue as matter of civil rights. She says the rally's key message is "separate is not equal and not acceptable."

Nevada voters passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2002.

A similar rally was scheduled for Saturday evening in Reno. Other protests were held in Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and other cities.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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