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EQCA/MECA ACTION ALERT:
The California Supreme Court will issue its decision in Lockyer v. San Francisco this Thursday, August 12, at 10 a.m. The main issue in this case is whether San Francisco had the authority to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. It is likely that the court will also rule on whether the marriages of the same-sex couples who married in San Francisco are valid. We will post this decision to our websites the moment it is issued at both www.marriageequalityca.org and www.eqca.org .
STATEWIDE RALLIES PLANNED FOR TOMORROW - THE DAY OF THE COURT DECISION
EQCA/MECA Statewide Media Contacts:
Los Angeles: Geoff Kors, Executive Director 415-626-3722
San Francisco: Molly McKay, Assoc. Executive Director 510-332-0872
Sacramento: Steve Hansen: Legislative Analyst 916-554-7681
San Diego: Jeffrey Mittman, Special Projects Manager 619-692-2077
List of Local Actions Planned for Day of Court Decision:
(Regardless of what the court decides, the day after the decision on Friday, August 13, 2004, whereever you live, please go to your local county clerk’s office and ask for a marriage license – do it with a group of friends, or do it with only you and your partner –Addresses for your county clerk’s office are posted below the local actions.)
(Remember – this court decision goes only to the narrow question about whether Mayor Newsom had the authority to issue the marriage licenses. The bigger question about whether the current discriminatory marriage law is Constitutional will be decided in lawsuits pending in the lower courts and/or by passing the Marriage License Non-Discrimination Act next year. Keep checking our websites for Media Talking Points and further information.)
San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Contra Costa Counties:
The court will be handing out copies of the decision at the California Supreme Court building at 10am for $3.oo each. Couples should gather in wedding garb at 350 McAllister St. in San Francisco and we will read the decision together.
Meet at Harvey Milk Plaza at the corner of Castro and Market from 5:00pm to 6:15pm for a march to San Francisco City Hall and a further rally at 7:00pm. All couples are encouraged to be in some form of wedding garb or marriage equality t-shirts and everyone please bring signs supporting the Mayor and Mabel Teng and their decision to take a stand for full marriage equality. For further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org call Kelly 415-252-1647 or Lisa 415-335-5764.
Meet at the Liberty Bell at the Courthouse, Corner of Truxtun and Chester
When: The day of the decision 4:30 - 5:30pm
What: Bring signs thanking Mayor Newsom and supportive of Marriage Equality, rainbow flags
Why: We will continue to promote a positive message of equality for all through marriage rights
For further details contact email@example.com or call Whitney at 661-835-3545.
Los Angeles County:
Congregate at 7 p.m. at West Hollywood Park on San Vicente. If the group is large enough, we will shut down city streets for rally and march. Action is being planned by a coalition of groups including City of West Hollywood, California Freedom to Marry Coalition, Lamdba Legal, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, Temple Kol Ami, MCC - Los Angeles, EQCA/MECA, Silverlake Coalition, HRC, NGLTF and GLAAD. For further details email LJ Carusone at firstname.lastname@example.org call 310-392-5223.
We on the Coast will line Highway One from Westport to Gualala, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. the day of the decision. Planned locations are Fort Bragg Town Hall, SW corner of Little Lake and Highway One in Mendocino, the post office at Little River, the west side of Highway One in Albion, Elk outside of Queenie's, and wherever else someone cares to vigil.
The following day, if you are able to make it to the courthouse in Ukiah at Noon, we will be asking the county clerk for marriage licenses. The more, the merrier! If you are unable to make it to Ukiah, we will be setting up tables in front of Town Hall in Fort Bragg, and the post offices in Mendocino, Little River, Elk. For more information contact Mendocino@marriageequalityca.orgor call Eileen/Sallie at 707-937-2028.
Inner Mendocino, Lake Counties:
NO MATTER WHAT THE DECISION IS - we will rally PEACEFULLY at the Courthouses in Ukiah and Lakeport at 6:00PM on decision day. Bring your family and friends. We will have signs, or you can make your own. Bring copies of your licenses (those who married in San Francisco in February and March). If you have wedding veils, etc. - wear them. For further details contact email@example.com. or call Jennifer at (707)456-0213.
Meet at The Center OC 12800 Garden Grove Blvd Suite S in Garden Grove from 1pm to 5pm to sign a community card in support of local married couples. Bring copies of your marriage licenses and signs. Contact Tricia Aynes, Director of Communications & Administration (714) 534-0862 x 107 or John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet at Veteran’s Park on Main Street in Napa for a rally/vigil at 7pm. For more information contact email@example.com call Deb at 707-738-4836.
Meet at Palm Springs City Hall, 3200 E. Taquitz Canyon Way at 7pm for a rally. Bring copies of your marriage licenses and signs. Contact Loren/Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 760-251-9600.
Meet at Lambda Center at 20th and L at 7pm for press conference then candlelight walk to California Supreme Court building. Contact email@example.com call Steve at 916-554-7681
San Diego County:
Press Conference at LGBT Center at 7pm followed by a candlelight walk Assembly member Chris Kehoe's office with copy of Marriage License Non-Discrimation Act in hand urging need for legislation to end marriage discrimination in CA. For more information contact sandiego@Marriageequalityca.orgor call Jeffrey at 619-619-692-2077 X211 or Nadine at 619-220-8119.
San Joaquin County:
Meet at Stockton City Hall, 425 N. El Dorado St at 7pm for a rally. Bring your marriage license and signs. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Archbishop Danette Dean 209-430-2500.
Santa Cruz County:
Meet at the Town Clock in Santa Cruz at 6:00 pm on that day (where Pacific Ave and Front St meets). Please bring signs and copies of your marriage license, if you were married. Contact email@example.com call Merrie at 831-335-3568.
Meet at Santa Rosa City Hall for a 7pm rally and candlelight vigil. Show up and wear MECA/EQCA t-shirts and wedding garb. Contact Sonoma@marriageequalityca.org or call Anne at 707-523-2663.
“They're your doctors, your lawyers, your journalists, your politicians. They're someone's son or daughter. They're someone's mother or father. ... I've seen people of the same sex adopt children, have families. They're great parents."
"Marriage has been undermined by divorce, so don't tell me about marriage. You're not going to lecture me about marriage. People should look at their own life and look in their own mirror. Marriage has been undermined for a number of years if you look at the facts and figures on it. Don't blame the gay and lesbian, transgender and transsexual community. Please don't blame them for it."
- Chicago Mayor Richard Daley