Mark Ruffalo spoke against Proposition 8 at a rally in Santa Monica on Saturday morning, as several families prepared to cross the state on a bus tour to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

"With all due respect, when
did religious beliefs become legislative issues?" says Ruffalo, who spoke to several dozen No on 8 supporters gathered near the Santa Monica Pier. "As far as I know about
this country, we are free to believe whatever we want to believe. And
here is a proposition coming out of a religious group that wants to
change the constitution for nothing more than to discriminate against
people at a time when all we want to do in this country is come back
together."

The actor is friends with Jeff Miller and Todd Thurman, who organized the bus trip and were present with their son.

He adds, "It just came out the fact that the polls didn’t look good, and it just
made me think of internment camps here, against the Japanese, it made
me think of discrimination against African American and Caucasian
marriages, and he felt like an outsider. It sounded to me like [Jeff] felt he was
‘The other.’"

There’s been considerable wonder in the campaign as to why more entertainment industry figures did not step up and campaign against the proposition earlier.

"It snuck up on people," Ruffalo says. "This is a fatwa on this proposition from the fundamental movement in the United States. They have been sending preacher activists out here for the past six months. And it has been under the radar. What we all take for granted has all the sudden become something that is up on the chopping block. No one has done enough because they never thought it would get as far as it did."

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