UPDATE, June 26, 2013: The Supremes have spoken: Decisions handed down on Wednesday overturn DOMA and send Prop 8 back to Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision that the proposition the Constitution. See the bottom of this post for the full text of Walker’s ruling. The end of DOMA means that the 18,000 California couples who legally married in 2008 will now receive the over 1,000 federal benefits conferred on married couples. Governor Jerry Brown has directed county clerks to stop enforcing Prop 8.
Bottom line: today will be a BIG party in Oakland! Billed as Hella Oakland Street Party/One Love Queerbilee, the gathering at Uptown Art Sculpture Park (19th and Telegraph) at 5:30 pm will feature a “Married for a Day” photo booth, music by DJ Olga T, and food trucks. There will be an afterparty at Bench and Bar.
Supreme Court watchers are cautiously optimistic about the outcome of both cases: US v. Windsor, which seeks to overturn the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, denying federal benefits to same sex couples, even if they are lawfully married; and California’s own Hollingsworth v. Perry, which will determine the legality of the gay marriage ban imposed by Proposition 8 in 2008.
Two of the plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, are lesbian moms from Berkeley, giving the ruling even more significance for the East Bay.
According to organizers Karen Hester and Dave Campbell, “The East Bay gathering is a part of a larger national movement, the United for Marriage Coalition. Gatherings will be taking place all across the nation – from Oregon to Kansas and Wisconsin to South Carolina.”
“This is going to be very much a grassroots, local East Bay celebration,” added Hester, “with queer people, their families and our allies.” In other words, come on down and join the party to show your support of marriage equality!
Wednesday, June 26, 5:30-8 pm, Uptown Art Park at 19th and Telegraph
Afterparty: Bench and Bar, 510 17th Street, 8 pm – whenever.