'Day Without a Gay' participation spotty

December 10, 2008 7:26:50 PM PST
A daylong strike for which people were encouraged to call in "gay" to work to express support for same-sex marriage is drawing spotty participation.

In San Francisco's gay Castro district, several residents and merchants said Wednesday they endorsed the cause but didn't think a work stoppage was practical given the poor economy.

Participants also were asked to refrain from spending money or at least to patronize gay-friendly businesses.

People who opted to take the day off from their jobs were encouraged to perform community service, and several charitable organizations in California had volunteers showing up.

Meanwhile, a San Francisco-based nonprofit group that promotes equality for gay and lesbian employees suggested that gay marriage supporters could send an effective message by openly discussing the issue at their workplaces.