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LA Catholics react to Prop 8 decision; many Catholics strongly supported the proposition

A participant waves a rainbow flag as he takes part in the Gay Pride Parade on June 7, 2008 in Warsaw, Poland.
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File: A man waves a rainbow flag as he takes part to the Gay Pride parade on June 7, 20008 in Warsaw.

Many Catholics were strong supporters of Prop 8.

The Knights of Columbus, for example, contributed more than a million dollars to help get the measure passed.

There was no mention of Prop 8 at the noon mass downtown at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Many parishioners were wary of mixing worship with politics.

Lead usher Ruben Garcia voted for Prop 8, but says he’s conflicted about the ruling.

"As a parishioner and a Catholic and a married man, I do believe in the sanctity of marriage," Garcia said, "and I do believe that it should be between a man and a woman, but I’m torn because I also believe in the separation of church and state."

The Knights of Columbus did not return multiple phone calls for comment.

The L.A. Archdiocese pointed to a statement on the website of the California Catholic Conference.

Bishop Wilkerson, the conference president, expressed disappointment over the ruling, but added that he’s praying the courts will eventually uphold the will of the voters.