Davina Kotulski

The Prop 8 Decision & a Valentine's Day Protest

Filed By Davina Kotulski | January 20, 2012 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, The Movement
Tags: federal court, gay marriage, marriage equality, Marriage Equality USA, Prop 8, same-sex marriage, Valentine's Day

As you may recall the state of California passed a voter initiative to take away the right of same-sex couples to marry. The question of the constitutionality of Prop 8 has had its day in California State Supreme Court (March 2009), at the Federal District Court (January 2010), and most recently in the 9th Circuit Appeals Court (January 2011).

Any day now a ruling is expected from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on the constitutionality of Prop 8. Will they agree with Judge Walker's ruling (August 2010) that "Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license" and that it is unconstitutional because "Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis"?

We can only hope that justice, long delayed in Perry V. Schwarzenegger, will not be denied. When the ruling is issued there were will be celebrations with champagne and cake or protest marches through the city streets of California - specifically in Fresno, Sacramento, West Hollywood, San Francisco, and San Diego. These events are being sponsored by Marriage Equality USA. You can contact Marriage Equality USA if you want to host a solidarity march/celebration in your city.

This Valentine's Day be a love warrior. Request a marriage license.

On February 14th, join Marriage Equality USA to raise awareness and educate the public on the importance of securing marriage equality for same-sex couples and their families. This year Marriage Equality USA is partnering with GetEqual, California Faith for Equality, Coalition of Welcoming Congregations and other grassroots leaders around the country.

It's easy. Go to your county clerk's office or city hall, step up to the marriage license counter and ask for a marriage license. All you need is two people of the same-sex.

Last year, two gay men who were friends did it. Don't worry, you are not going to end up married against your will. They are not going to give you the license, but you are going to show the world how ridiculous it is that licenses are only given to couples with a penis and a vagina.

It can be done with as few as just two people and be organized in any locality around the nation.

Marriage Equality USA is asking folks who live in states where same-sex marriage is already legal (CT, DC*, IA, MA, NH, and VT) and who are already married to take their license to their local Federal Building IRS office and ask for the marriage tax penalty. In the words of Marriage Equality USA "Nothing better highlights the state-sanctioned discrimination against same-sex couples by having long-term same-sex couples, often with children and grandchildren in tow, turned away from the counter that serves every heterosexual couple that approaches - no questions asked."

You can go to requestmarriage.com to find out more about how to organize an event in your area and how to ensure that it is publicized.

Remember we are still being denied 1,138 federal marriage rights!

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