Saturday, May 23, 2009

Prop. 8 Ruling to be Delivered Tuesday May 26, 2009

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 22, 2009

For more information: Robin Tyler, 818.893.4075 co-founder, and Petitioner with her wife, Diane Olson in the case to have the CA Supreme Court overturn Prop. 8

Andy Thayer, 773.209.1187, co-founder Gay Liberation Network and

California Supreme Court
Says It Will Issue Prop 8
Decision Tuesday, May 26th
Gay Protests or Celebrations
Tuesday Night

At 10 AM Pacific Time today the California Supreme Court announced that Tuesday, May 26th, it will issue its ruling on whether or not to uphold the anti-gay Proposition 8. At issue is not only whether 18,000 same sex-marriages would be annulled, but whether or not a whole subsection of the population will be thrust back into legal inequality.

Since March, gay activists around the states have been planning actions for the night the California Court announces its decision. If the court upholds Proposition 8 in whole or part, activists vow energetic and angry protests in more than 50 cities. If the Court throws out Proposition 8, the activists plan celebrations with the aim of spreading the momentum of a California victory elsewhere in the nation.

The actions are being coordinated nationally through the website co-founded by Chicago gay activist Andy Thayer and pioneer national lesbian activist Robin Tyler of Los Angeles who, with her wife Diane Olson, was the first lesbian couple to file in the historic CA Marriage Equality Case, and are petitioners (plaintiffs) in the case brought before the CA Supreme Court to overturn Prop 8.

The court is expected to announce one of three likely decisions Tuesday, May 26th at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time:

1) Upholding the anti-gay Proposition 8 in full, including invalidating the 18,000+ same-sex marriages that were solemnized before the proposition's passage last November 4th;

2) Upholding Proposition 8's ban on all future same sex marriages, but allowing the 18,000 already conducted to stand; or,

3) Invalidating in its entirety Proposition 8's discriminatory ban on same sex marriage.

Lesbian and gay activists would consider the upholding of Proposition 8 in whole or part (#1 and #2 above) to be a serious defeat to be met with angry protests. On the other hand, a complete invalidation of Proposition 8 would lend an immense boost to the already powerful momentum for equality provided by the recent wins for same sex marriage in Iowa and Vermont.

For more information or interviews, call Robin Tyler at at 818.893.4075 (home/office) or 818.259.3799 (cell) or Andy Thayer at 773.209.1187

As far as I am concerned Tuesday should be considered a holiday by all GLBT people and they should take the day off in order to either celebrate the ruling if it goes in our favor, or stand in unity with our community to show our support for those who struggle every day with discrimination.

This isn't a gay thing, this is a discrimination thing. All people who have had injustice placed upon their shoulders through no fault of their own should stand with us, be it race, religion, age, or other alienating factor, now is your chance to stand up and say "No more!" to those that need to hear it most while simultaneously showing that you care for others who share in your pain.

United let us stand in peaceful resolve to make a better world through our actions for ourselves and the future generations.

For more information or to make clear you stand united with us visit Join the Impact MA's FaceBook page for the event.


Michael Ejercito said...

The ruling boils down on what constitutes an amendment vs. a revision.

From what I have read, the case law on this issue suggests that amendments can reduce the scope of Article I protections, while no amendment reducing the scope of an Article I protection has been held to be an illegitimate revision.

jelly said...

good luck calif.