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Los Angeles gathers faith leaders to make peace over Prop 8, other volatile issues

As a melting pot of the world's religions, Los Angeles has experienced the divisive and unifying powers of faith. Following the 1992 racial riots, religious leaders stepped in to rebuild communities that were literally torn up by violent unrest. In 2008, clergy and their followers took sides in a rancorous political campaign over banning same-sex marriage that still simmers.

Recognizing the influence religion can have on a community, the city assembled leaders representing hundreds of congregations more than two years ago to develop and launch a plan for religious groups to respectfully disagree, yet work together for the common good.

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