Prop 8 Battle Turns Personal for Some

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CBNNews.com  - Same sex couples across the country rallied for marriage rights, Thursday, marking the 12th annual "Freedom to Marry Week."

The protests also came in wake of California's Proposition 8, which ended same-sex marriage in the state.  Voters passed the measure Nov. 4, but the fight is far from over.

Those who donated to the political campaign say they're being harassed and a legal battle is still playing out in court.

Bill Turrentine supports California's Proposition 8 and respects those who disagree.  But the loud public protests have taken a personal turn.

"Somebody in my town printed up a flyer and it said bigot and had my picture and name on it," Turrentine said.

He is one of many people who donated to the "Yes on 8" campaign for Prop 8.  Now, the Web site Eightmaps.com shows how much he gave, where he works and where he lives. He says that is crossing the line.

James Bopp Jr. is waging a legal battle to protect Turrentine and thousands of donors whose information is public.

"They're entitled to be protected from this sort of harassment and intimidation," Bopp said. "The supporters of gay marriage have launched a concerted campaign to harass, intimidate and punish donors who support traditional marriage."

Gay marriage activist Molly McKay says the website is not for intimidation. It's a tool for her cause.

"It's interesting to see Prop 8 proponents actually stripped gay people and their families of rights are claiming victim status," she said.

But Peter Scheer says it's not so simple. The head of the California First Amendment Coalition is against secrecy but he's uncomfortable with the website.

"Where do we need to go door to door where do we need to go bring over a pie sit down and say you know, prop 8 really hurt my family," he said. "Everybody has a right to participate in the political process that is the most fundamental crucial right of all."

And this may challenge that right.

*Originally published February 12, 2009

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