WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the United States Friday in a closely divided ruling that will stand as a milestone in its 226-year history.
The justices ruled 5-4 that states cannot deny gay men and lesbians the same marriage rights enjoyed for thousands of years by opposite-sex couples. Within days if not hours, the decision is expected to trigger same-sex marriages in states that still ban the practice.
"They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law," Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his 28-page ruling. "The Constitution grants them that right."
Kennedy announced the decision to a hushed courtroom; his colleagues watched stone-faced. As the sweep of his decision became clear, some in the audience embraced and cried.
"The past alone does not rule the present. The nature of injustice is that we do not always see it in our own time," he said.
This afternoon of Aug 24th, 2012, SAME has learned of the wonderfull news! The prosecution has backed down and has DROPPED ALL CHARGES against the Equality Nine! Thus ends a two year saga for the nine people who were wrongfully arrested as they engaged in a constitutionally protected peacefull protest at the SD County Administration Building against Prop 8 on Aug 19th, 2010.
As you recall, following Judge Walker's ruling of Prop 8 unconstitutional, the Equality 9 were arrested for engaging in a peaceful sit-in when the San Diego County Clerk would not issue Marriage Licenses to two same-sex couples who had appointments that day.
Click to see some statements from Equality 9 members and allies:
Join SAME, The PRC (Peace Resource Center) and CFAC (Canvass For A Cause) for a Film Screening & Discussion of "OUT RAGE '69" This is our mutual contribution For Pride Week on Tues July 17th, 6:30 - 9pm at the Peace Resource Center (Bldg 100) 3850 Westgate Pl, San Diego 92105. This event is FREE and Open to the public! Invite your friends!
About the film:
"OUT RAGE '69" , the first in the four-part series The Question of Equality, examines the social and historical environment that gave rise to the current movement for gay and lesbian civil rights in America as told by those who were there. From Stonewall to Anita Bryant, to Oregon Measure 9 and "don't ask, don't tell," the Gay Liberation movement has fought for equal rights in a climate of hatred, violence, intolerance, and discrimination. The pursuit of individual liberty -- the freedom to think and act freely -- comes with the individual responsibility to not harm the freedom of others.
6:30 pm -- Doors open, light refreshments
7:00 pm -- Film starts promptly, and Discussion after. (Image via PRC)
Per NPR's Mark Memmott: A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals plans to release its ruling on the constitutionality of Calfornia's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state, at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday (10 a.m. in California).
San Diego response event planned for evening rally and march. Gather between 5 and 6PM to rally at 6th and University Ave, then march to Hillcrest's Joyce Beers Center, speakers at 7PM. See facebook event here
It's almost here! Tomorrow we'll find out the fate of same-sex marriage in California. Whether we win or lose, we'll gather at 6th and University at 6PM. This event is being coordinated by members of SAME, Canvas for a Cause, San Diego Pride and more. More details as they emerge. Spread the word!
6 pm gather at 6th and University
6:30PM short march
7PM rally/speakers in Hillcrest's Joyce Beers Center
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