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Local ‘Day Without a Gay’

Shows limited participation

Posted: December 10, 2008 10:06 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2008 4:30 a.m.
 

The day-long "Day Without a Gay" labor strike that called for supporters of same-sex marriage to call in "gay" to work drew spotty local participation Wednesday.

"We don't know and we don't care," said Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Sam Padilla on whether any fire personnel called in gay. "Couldn't care if we wanted to. That's their right to protest."

Officials from local school districts and the city of Santa Clarita said they did not know of any employees calling in gay. In San Francisco's Castro district, several residents and merchants said Wednesday they endorsed the cause but didn't think a work stoppage was practical given the poor economy.

Via their Web site, www.daywithoutagay.org, organizers asked participants across the country to refrain from spending money at businesses unfriendly to gays, or at least to patronize gay-friendly businesses.

The nonprofit group, which promotes equality for gay and lesbian employees, also suggested that gay marriage supporters could send an effective message by going to work and openly discussing the issue at their workplaces.

People who opted to take the day off from their jobs were encouraged to perform community service.

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