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Sacramento readies for Supreme Court Prop 8 and DOMA ruling

Yesterday, three opinions were issued by the US Supreme Court. Missing from those decisions were Hollingsworth v. Perry (Proposition 8) as well as United States v. Windsor (DOMA). The next possibility for decisions of the marriage equality issue is Thursday, however most judicial scholars believe it would be more likely the last week in June. Of course, the court could also put off publishing their decision until further in the future.

Here in Sacramento same-sex couples have been waiting for the day they can line up at the Sacramento County Clerk’s Office to apply for their marriage license and for once, not be turned away as they have been each year on Valentine’s Day. For many couples there have been at least two false-starts including the recent one when the California Supreme Court deemed Prop 8 unconstitutional.

Very few people in the LGBTQ community can fathom, with the growing support throughout California and the additional states affirming Marriage Equality, a decision other than the defeat of Prop 8.

On the day the decision is posted on the US Supreme Court web site, a Press Conference will take place at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center (Midtown, 1927 L Street) within one or two hours of the announcement.

Later in the evening starting at 6:00 PM a public rally will be held on the west steps of the State Capitol. Tentative plans are being made for a march after the rally to “Lavender Heights”, somewhere near K and 20th Streets for a celebration. The Capitol has been reserved for June 17, 20, 24, and 27 just in case.

Local, state, and national organizations such as the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, Marriage Equality USA, Love is Love Movement, California Faith for Equality, Gender Health Center, Equality California, United for Marriage, Infinite Entertainment, Equality Action NOW, B.R.A.V.E. Society, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Sacramento LGBTQ Youth Task Force, and many more are supporting a swift end to Prop 8 and a beginning where all California citizens are equal under the law.

For thousands of loving committed same-sex couples throughout California, a ruling that strikes down Prop 8 will mean a huge change in their lives. For straight married couples…absolutely no change what-so-ever.

Of course, it would be wonderful to be joined with all our straight allies to celebrate this monumental occasion!

For more information concerning the Day of Decision Press Conference, please contact the Sacramento LGBT Community Center at info@saccenter.org or 916.442.0185. For information concerning the Capitol rally, contact MEUSA at ca-sacramento@marriageequality.org or 916.221.8094. For the celebration in Midtown contact Love is Love Movement at pretty1111@aol.com or 916.420.2411.

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