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Dueling Protests Over Marriage Held At Utah State Capitol

About 800 people gathered at the state capitol in Salt Lake City Tuesday for two separate rallies over marriage for same-sex couples.

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Large protests for and against same-sex marriage were held Tuesday evening in the Utah State Capitol.

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About 500 people opposed to marriage for same-sex couples from the National Organization for Marriage and a local group Celebration of Marriage gathered in the rotunda.

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Attendees were asked to wear blue and pink to the rally.

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Hours earlier, about 300 people in favor of marriage for same-sex couples gathered on the Capitol steps.

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That both rallies were held the same day in the same location was a coincidence, Bob Henline, assistant editor at QSalt Lake Magazine, a gay and lesbian publication, told the Associated Press.

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Several supporters of marriage for same-sex couples stayed at the Capitol, however, and were removed by Utah Highway Patrol officers after booing and shouting.

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