Tuesday, May 26, 2009
LIVE: (11am) CNN and local KGO are streaming a street sit-in on Van Ness Ave.
CA Supreme Court upholds Prop 8; 18,000 marriages stand
The California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, the ballot measure that banned same-sex marriages in the state, by a 6-1 vote Tuesday, May 26. But the seven justices unanimously ruled that the 18,000 marriages that took place during the five months before the ban went into effect last November are still valid under California law.
Prop 8 Upheld by California Supreme Court
The California Supreme Court has upheld a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, but it also decided that the estimated 18,000 gay couples who tied the knot before the law took effect will stay wed.
The decision Tuesday rejected an argument by gay rights activists that the ban revised the California constitution's equal protection clause to such a dramatic degree that it first needed the Legislature's approval.
The announcement of the decision caused outcry among a sea of demonstrators who had gathered in front of the San Francisco courthouse awaiting the ruling.
Protesters to engage in civil disobedience if Supreme Court upholds Prop 8
What: In the event that the Supreme Court Upholds Proposition 8. 60 activists, clergy, and community members will engage in civil disobedience until they are arrested by blocking traffic at major intersections near Civic Center in San Francisco, 10:30am Tuesday May 26th.
Where: A major intersection near City Hall–details to be released on the 26th. Group Members will announce the location on the steps of City Hall at 10:30am.
When: Protest starts at 10:30am, Tuesday May 26th
Who: 60 Activists, Clergy, and Community Members will be arrested for civil disobedience. Hundreds of spectators are expected.
Why: "Separate is never equal," said organizer Kip Williams. "If the CA Supreme Court upholds Prop 8, there will be no guarantee of equal protection for anyone. We' will keep fighting until we have our rights back, and I' will engage in civil disobedience because no one's rights should be stripped away by a simple majority of voters."
The protest will happen with in visual range of city hall and/or supreme court building.
One Struggle, One Fight is a civil rights coalition of LGBT Activists, community members, clergy, and allies who believe that Separate is Never Equal. The organization formed in response to the passage of prop 8 and has conducted several peaceful non-violent civil disobedient actions in San Francisco and a 6 day March to Sacramento to call for the repeal of Proposition 8. The organization is dedicated to organizing for civil rights at the intersections of oppression, in communities of color, amongst poor people, calling for immigration reform, and other issues that reflect broader social oppression of marginalized populations. More info at http://www.onestruggleonefight.com