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Long-Standing Same-Sex Tradition comes to an End

Here in California for 13 years same-sex couples throughout California gathered at their local City or County Clerk’s office on Valentine’s Day to stand in line and one-by-one request (or demand) a marriage license…and get turned down.

This year in light of the Supreme Court Decision in striking down Prop 8, for the first time ever, same-sex couples can go to the clerk’s office on Valentine’s Day and happily be issued a marriage license.

This Friday, organizers of past V-Day protests will be gathering once again at the Sacramento County Clerk/Recorder Office from 12:30 to 1:30pm at 600 8th Street in downtown Sacramento, this time to “celebrate love, romance and marriage”. They have named this celebration as the, “1st Annual Freedom to Marry Day for Same-Sex Couples”.

Event hosts Marriage Equality USA and same sex couples who after several false starts finally did away with their “2nd class citizen” status by becoming legally married shortly after the Supreme Court Decision and the lifting of the stay June 28, 2013, are sponsoring the gathering. They want to celebrate a Valentine’s Day that “finally includes same-sex couples and to thank the clerks who year after year, reluctantly had to turn down their requests”.

Organizers, including MEUSA leaders, Nicola Simmersbach and Diana Luiz and well as Davis couple Shelly Bailes and Ellen Pontac are inviting the community to join them Friday at the clerk’s office in celebrating couples who plan on getting their marriage licenses, with cake and flowers.

For many here in Sacramento and throughout California the yearly Valentine’s Day protest is one tradition they are happy to put to rest for good.
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