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:
SAN DIEGO — A judge ruled Tuesday that prosecutors in a case involving a group of same-sex marriage activists violated the defendants' rights by dismissing a potential juror based on his sexual orientation.
The San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME) announces “Rediscovering Stonewall” an evening program presented by Kelsey Hoffman, on Tuesday July 12th from 6:30 to 8:30PM. The presentation takes place at a special PRIDE week location, in the Canvass for a Cause Building (3705 10th ave,SD,CA. 92103. Near the corner of 10th & Robinson in Hillcrest). This event is intended to further the movement for equality and present an activist's perspective of the actions that birthed the modern LGBT movement.
“It comes down to a fight sometimes, without standing up for who you are, you lose a part of yourself. Without the queens and queers who said 'enough!' at the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the LGBT community would have no Centers, no elected officials, no movement for equal protection, and no marriage equality in New York.” said Sean Bohac, a member of SAME and one of the 'Equality 9'. “We need this history to help us get where we want to go.”