Actions Planned for Day of Prop 8 Decision
LGBT activists plan to either party in the streets or mobilize protests on the day the U.S. Supreme Court issues its ruling in the Proposition 8 case.
This month the court is expected to rule on the lawsuit known as Hollingsworth v. Perry. It is possible that the justices will overturn Prop 8, California’s anti-gay constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage that voters adopted in 2008.
It is also expected to decide in a federal case known as U.S. v. Windsor that could see Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act struck down. Such a ruling would allow the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages sanctioned at the state level.
The court normally issues its rulings at 7 a.m. Pacific time Mondays and Thursdays. It is unclear if it will announce the Prop 8 and DOMA decisions at once or on different days.
"I think it is highly likely the decisions will come out on the same day because they were argued one after the other on two days and the issues are related," said John Lewis, on organizer with Marriage Equality USA. "I think everybody is anticipating for it to come out on the same day and all the planning going on is for one big event."
When it does release its decision in the Prop 8 case, rallies are planned to occur that evening in both San Francisco and San Jose.
In San Francisco a group of volunteers known as the Day of Decision Committee is planning for a party, hopefully, in the heart of the gay Castro district. Police are expected to shut down the 400 and 500 blocks of Castro Street from 5:30 to 9 p.m. for the event.