[San Francisco Chronicle] 20 Oct 2008--When the singing and the preaching reached a crescendo at San Jose's Crossroads Bible Church, Carlos Sarmiento delivered a call to action, vowing that political participation would lead to "an encounter with God."
"See that Amendment 8 is upheld," the Orlando pastor said Saturday night before a crowd of 100 people. "Homosexual marriage is wrong. If we take sides, we must take the side of God."
The service was one of many events this fall supporting Proposition 8, which would create a state constitutional amendment to take away the right of gay and lesbian couples to get married in California. Christian conservatives have come to dominate the religious debate surrounding Prop. 8 - even though the Bible's statements on homosexuality are complex and disputed among Christians.