State, Local Leaders to Rally for Gay Marriage Equality

If the U.S. Supreme Court decides not to hear the case for Proposition 8, the rally will take place at the County Center in Redwood City.


The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) made an announcement Monday morning about cases they will grant hearings to in the near future, but no same-sex marriage cases were on the list.

"A decision on a new rally date is forthcoming," said Steve Epstein, acting chair of the Mid Peninsula Chapter of Marriage Equality USA. "I will be consulting with the experts within the marriage equality movement to decide the new date for our rally. As soon as it is decided, [we will let everyone] know."

The Court will be meeting to discuss future cases to hear again this Friday, Dec. 7 and again on Monday, Dec. 10.

According to Adam Umhoefer, Executive Director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, "With five cases currently before them dealing with issues related to marriage for gay and lesbian Americans, there is no doubt the Justices have much to consider."

Umhoefer said he "remains optimistic that the Justices will soon act in our case, either agreeing to hear our arguments or allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry in California, but we must also be prepared to stay vigilant into the New Year for a final determination from the Court." 

Patch will continue to follow this story.

Members of the Mid Peninsula Chapter of Marriage Equality USA, along with several state and local leaders, have announced they will hold a rally at noon in Redwood City on whichever day if the U.S Supreme Court decides not to hear the current Proposition 8 case, which outlaws same-sex marriage.

The Court is currently considering whether to hear the Prop. 8 case.  As soon as Monday, members of the Court could announce that they have decided not to hear the case.  

"If that happens, marriage equality will be the law in California, and same-sex marriages will resume soon after," said members of the Peninsula group in a statement. "If this is their decision, the Court will make an announcement at 7 a.m. Pacific Time on a weekday."

Many community leaders will speak at the rally, including members of the local clergy and public officeholders, including:

  • San Mateo County Supervisors Dave Pine and Don Horsley, and the staff of Supervisor Carole Groom
  • Senator Leland Yee’s District Director, Dan Lieberman
  • Rev. Terri Echelbarger, Senior Minister of the Peninsula Metropolitan Community Church
  • Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern, Parish Minister at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Palo Alto
  • Sara Matlin, chair of the ACLU-North Peninsula Chapter
  • Marshall Dinowitz, board member of the ACLU-North Peninsula
  • Ken Klucsor, president of San Jose/Peninsula PFLAG (Parents, Friends & Family of Lesbians and Gays)
  • Entertainment by the Raging Grannies

The Redwood City rally will be held on the patio outside the County Clerk's office, at 555 County Center. This event will coincide with many other rallies to be held statewide. 

The members of the Court could also decide to hear the case, which would mean they will have until June of 2013 to make a final decision on Proposition 8.  

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john currie December 04, 2012 at 02:27 AM
its not equal its special....how many times do the people of this Country say its good to have a choice to live your life the way you want to.... just quit telling me /us its a marriage.. Marriage is a old Jewish/Christian ceremony uniting a man and women in faith of God in front of family and community.. The world adopted it legalistically a few hundred years ago. You can have civil union... and protections as special class..... and shouldnt that be enough.. dont and quit telling me your lifestyle is "OK". I dont agree. shouldnt that be enough.. you want to overturn what America has repeatedly said.. voted ... NO ... to you! and that Marriage Is Between a Man and a Woman. If your first arguement is I am a racict or biggit or homo hater or just a hater... I grew up in the 1960 and 1970 .. k the 80's to and a little of the 90's here in the Bay Area. I believe, respect, support and care for everyone of my neighbors, I just tired of militant affermative action forceful people shoving this issue in my face. Its sex we are talking about and can that please become a private issue again. In the privacy of you own home. Again. I respect you and your privacy. I would protect that privacy. OK now i just feel like ranting so ill drop it here. Please calm down and bring your sexual issues back to your private places and quit telling me I have to accept you or teach my family its OK. I dont agree!
john currie December 04, 2012 at 02:29 AM
please forgive my spelling..and...my lil" grumpyness... its so fustrating!
Me December 04, 2012 at 08:20 PM
LOL! You're probably one of the ones protesting against civil rights in the 60's. Time to wake up and smell the coffee Grumpy. It's not a matter of if, only when. Maybe you should move to Canada - oh wait, they already allow same sex marriage. Must have been the militants up there that forced it on everyone too, huh?


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