12/13/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Gay Marriage Rally Held Outside NYC Mormon Church

Rallies in support of gay marriage spread to New York City on Wednesday night, where hundreds of protesters gathered outside a Mormon temple to express their outrage at the church's support of Proposition 8, the recently-passed ballot measure banning such marriages in California.

According to the Associated Press:

Protesters lined both sides of an avenue outside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints near Lincoln Center on Wednesday evening. Leaders of the Mormon church had encouraged their members to support passage of California's Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that overturned the California Supreme Court ruling in May legalizing same-sex marriage. The amendment passed 52 percent to 48 percent.

"Shame on you!" the large crowd chanted in a 1-2-3 syncopation while looking up at the temple.

Several protesters held signs asking "Did you cast a ballot or a stone?" while other signs read "Latter Day H8" and "Church of Mormon" with an X drawn over the second M to read "Moron"...

At the rally, some even called on President-elect Barack Obama to support gay marriage, which he said he doesn't support. Obama, who favors civil unions, opposed Proposition 8.

The rally was held several hours after Connecticut legally allowed same-sex couples the right to marry. Massachusetts is the only other state that allows gay marriage.

WATCH video of the event, from the New York Daily News:

Andrew Sullivan
also has reports on the rally from this readers.