More than 1,000 people gathered Thursday at the state capitol to protest the proposed constitutional amendment.
The public backlash over same-sex marriage has receded since a controversial decision by the Massachusetts supreme court in 2003 to legalize those marriages stirred strong opposition, according to a poll released Wednesday.
Presiding bishop Frank Griswold (pictured), head of the U.S. Episcopal Church, has expressed concern that the diocese of California could select an openly gay bishop—three of the seven candidates have same-sex partners—in light of the rift created between the denomination and the worldwide Anglican Communion by the consecration of a gay bishop in New Hampshire in 2003.
Wiliam Levada, who opposes same-sex marriage and adoptions by gays, will become a key adviser to the pope.
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