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Vigil to be held for Prop 8

A group of dedicated marriage equality activists waited out the morning at Badlands in the heart of Lavender Heights Monday only to learn that once again, the Supreme Court issued no word on the status of Proposition 8 along with several other federal cases involving same-sex couples.

It was mid-morning when finally it was learned that the justices announced that it “redistributed the Prop 8 and DOMA cases for consideration during its morning conference this Friday, December 7, 2012”.

According to the web site of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), “This means we could get word from the Court on Friday, or the morning of Monday, December 10. It is important to remember that the Supreme Court often takes more than one Conference to consider whether to grant review in certain cases”.

Meanwhile a core of diligent LGBTQ community members who met early Monday vowed to return Friday morning at 6:00am to Badlands on the corner of 20th and K Street, and wait out the day until “we hear something definitive from the Supreme Court” said Tina Reynolds, co-founder of Equality Action NOW.

“Marriage equality is a basic civil right. It’s a legal and constitutional issue, not a religious one and I think more and more Americans are getting that, which is why the polls are showing a dramatic change in support of gays and lesbians receiving all the rights they are afforded as a citizen of California”, said Reynolds.

Personally, as a member of the civil rights group, Equality Action NOW and Public Relations Director for B.R.A.V.E. Society, a local non-profit bullying awareness organization, I am planning on making Friday a vigil for the “death” of Prop 8. The California Supreme Court struck it down, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, let’s put it to rest already. I am hoping the court will send Prop 8 home where it belongs and let them figure out the DOMA cases.

Our same-sex couples have been waiting too long for their equal rights. We have older couples who have been together for decades, separated due to one spouse having to be placed in a nursing home, or worse, passing away before they are able to marry. It’s time.

In anticipation of Friday’s conference, local organizations are gearing up for a positive outcome.

Because of the long list of cases the Supreme Court needs to review Friday, it is expected that the earliest a decision may be made is early afternoon and possibly Monday, December 10, at 6:30am (Pacific) to post the decision to their web site. Friday’s morning gathering will be to keep an eye on the news, and to talk about what life will be like when California LGBTQ citizens regain their civil rights.

Soon after the decision is made, no matter what that decision will be, the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center will host a Press Conference. Leaders of Equality Action NOW (EAN), a local civil rights group and Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA), a nationwide organization is organizing this event.

Also on Friday or Monday, if the court turns down the hearing of Prop 8 leading the way for marriage equality here in California, MEUSA and EAN will host a celebratory rally at the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center, currently slated for 6:00pm.

For more information feel free to contact, Ken Pierce kpierce8272@yahoo.com, or Enrique Manjarrez Enrique@equalityactionnow.org.

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