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Prop 8 Decision Day – Be a Part of History

Hello from Barcelona …

There is an important, history-making day coming up in California on Tuesday, and I hope you’ll choose to be a part of it. There are several events planned around the California Supreme Court’s Day of Decision regarding Prop 8 and what to do about the over 18,000 California same-sex marriages that occurred last year.

Here are the primary events with the closest to home being the gathering in Yerba Buena Gardens between 6:45pm and 8:30pm on Tuesday.

The California Supreme Court announced today that it will issue its ruling on the legal challenge to Proposition 8 on Tuesday May 26th. The Court will also determine the continued legal validity and recognition by the State of California of more than 18,000 marriages that took place between June 16 and November 4, 2008.

On Tuesday morning at 9:15 a.m. gather with us at the Center to join the march to City Hall where a press conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the South Light Court in response to the Court’s ruling. Attorneys, joined by religious and civil rights leaders, will discuss the impact of the court’s decision and the next steps moving forward.

Events and Actions

EVE of Decision Day (Monday, Memorial Day, May 25, 2009)
Prayer Service: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Grace Cathedral
100 California Street San Francisco

The night before the announcement of the California Supreme Court’s decision, the Bay Area community is invited to attend an evening of songs and meditation that will center our hearts on peace, healing and understanding. Sponsored by The Bay Area Coalition for Welcoming Congregations, California Faith for Equality, and Equality California*.

Day of Decision
Service/Blessing on Decision Day: 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
St. Francis Lutheran Church
152 Church St. San Francisco, across from Castro Safeway

The morning of the decision, Bay Area community members are invited to hear encouraging music and words from community leaders, testimonies from married couples and blessings for those who will be participating in protests or rallies. There will be a march from the church, stopping at the Center and continuing onto Civic Center Plaza. Sponsored by The Bay Area Coalition for Welcoming Congregations, California Faith for Equality, and Equality California*.

March to Civic Center Plaza: 9:15 a.m.
Meet at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center
1800 Market Street @ Octavia
www.sfcenter.org // 415.865.5649

On the day of the decision, join fellow Bay Area community members at the Center to march to Civic Center Plaza in unity and preparation for the verdict.

Alternatively, prior to 10:00 a.m., on the Court’s steps (350 McAllister St) you are invited to stand in unity to receive the ruling.

Press Conference covering the California Supreme Court’s Decision
10:30 a.m.
South Light Court, San Francisco City Hall
http://www.nclrights.org/ and http://www.sfgov.org/

Attorneys, joined by religious and civil rights leaders, will discuss the impact of the court’s decision and the next steps moving forward.

Representatives Include:
S.F. City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Therese Stewart, San Francisco Chief Deputy City Attorney
Kate Kendell, Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights and Shannon Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Elizabeth Gill, Staff Attorney, ACLU LGBT & AIDS Project
Eva Paterson, President, Equal Justice Society, AMICI
Raymond C. Marshall of Bingham McCutchen on behalf of civil rights groups the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, the California State Conference of the NAACP, Equal Justice Society, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., amici
Geoff Kors, Executive Director and Andrea Shorter, Coalition Coordinator, Equality California
Tawal Panyacosit, Director, API Equality
Rev. Rick Schlosser, Executive Director, California Council of Churches, amici
Same-sex couples

Alternatively at 10:30 a.m., (if the marriage ban is upheld): Circle of Care at Civic Center Plaza, a group of Bay Area clergy and congregants, will engage in nonviolent civil disobedience immediately after receiving the ruling. Visit http://www.onestruggleonefight.org/ for more information.

Evening Rally, March and Gathering
Across the nation several communities will hold gatherings on the day of the decision for us to peacefully share our emotions with one another, show our continuing support for marriage equality and prepare to take the necessary steps to move forward. Emceed by Stuart Gaffney, John Lewis, Lawrence Ellis, Molly McKay and Davina Kotulski.

Rally:
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: San Francisco City Hall

March:
Time: 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
Location: City Hall to End at MLK memorial in Yerba Buena Gardens

Community Gathering:
6:45 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: MLK memorial in Yerba Buena Gardens

Saturday May 30th
Meet in the Middle 4 Equality: 1:00 p.m., Fresno
Meet in the Middle 4 Equality calls for an effort to knit a community that cries for FULL Access, Equality & Justice 4 ALL. Regardless of the decision meet on the steps of City Hall in downtown Fresno at 1pm. Busses leave from the San Francisco LGBT Community Center to Fresno at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. To RSVP for a seat on the bus, and for more information, visit http://www.meetinthemiddle4equality.com/.

3 Responses to Prop 8 Decision Day – Be a Part of History

  1. Stephen L. Pinel

    Could someone please tell me? When in the past has a 52% vote been able to either annul a legal marriage, or determine who is eligible to marry in the future?

  2. I believe this may have been the first time California voters have voted to change the Constitution to take away rights as opposed to extending freedoms to their fellow Californians.

  3. I support the gays on this very important point, sex should not mater in marrage and sex should not matter in the restroom eighter. Use the restroom of your choice because the choice shoul be yours not the state, the state should not decide anything based on your sex and pass no laws based on your sex. End all sexually based discrimination.

    Vote no to sexual discrimination in all its forms! And yes to restroom freedom!