Marriage Equality Vigil Monday January 11 Before Federal Court Hears Prop 8 Case

Posted on 10 January 2010

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By Pamela Brown
Marriage Equality USA

On the morning of the historic United States District Court proceedings challenging Proposition 8, Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA), is hosting a vigil to support the Federal Constitution's Promise of Equal Protection for All. 

Hundreds of Californians will come to hear from elected officials, including Senator Mark Leno, faith and community leaders, legal advocates, children of same-sex couples, as well as same-sex couples who had the opportunity to marry and those who didn’t. 

"At stake is whether a slim majority vote can write in an exception to the equal protection clause of our state constitution and strip a historically discriminated against group of their fundamental civil rights," said Molly McKay, MEUSA Media Director.  "The Sunrise Vigil for Hope and Marriage Equality will allow supporters to come together and share the spirit of courage, hope and strength that will herald in the light of day on this important next chapter of our civil rights movement.  Couples and supporters are encouraged to join us and bring your marriage licenses, photos of your weddings and personal stories to share."

These inspirational speakers will be joined by the MCC choir and other performers for this vigil to be held on Monday, January 11, 2010 from 6:30am – 8:30am in the Plaza of the Phillip Burton Building at 450 Golden Gate Ave. in San Francisco.  Coffee will be served.

MEUSA was also pleased by Chief Justice Vaughn R. Walker decision to have these historic proceedings accessible via YouTube at

"Being able to witness the Perry v. Schwarzenegger federal case is essential not only same-sex couples and their families who are most directly affected by this issue, but to all Californians as an essential teachable moment regarding our most fundamental Constitutional protections," said Pamela Brown, MEUSA Policy Director.  "It is imperative that the issues that come before this court are also heard in the court of public opinion so that all Americans clearly understand the harms associated with popular votes to target and strip away the fundamental rights of minority communities."

The proceedings that start Monday at 8:30am will have limited seats available in the main courtroom located on the 17th floor and an audio/video feed in the court's ceremonial courtroom on the 19th floor.  There may also be audio/video feeds in other district courts in San Francisco (at 7th and Mission), Pasadena, Portland, Seattle and Chicago.
Pamela Brown is Policy Director of Marriage Equality USA, which is committed to securing the right to civil marriage for same-sex couples. 

"When justice is not blind, when it can see enough to distinguish one citizen from another, it is no longer justice."