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SAN DIEGO – On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the San Diego LGBT community will come together in response to the Ninth Circuit District Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, which is expected to be handed down by 10 am.
The San Diego LGBT Community Center, San Diego Pride, Marriage Equality USA and the San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME) are encouraging community members to gather for a rally at Sixth Avenue and University Avenue at 6 pm. Participants are encouraged to bring signs of celebration or protest, depending upon the court’s decision, and to wear rainbow attire.
After a brief rally, community members will march together to the Joyce Beers Community Center, where the Uptown Planners will be voting on a proposal to install a 65-foot flag in Hillcrest, which will bear a rainbow flag year-round.
On this historic “Day of Decision” in the state of California, community members will have the opportunity not only to voice their feelings on the court’s ruling, but also to speak out in support of a community project that will plant a permanent symbol of equality in the heart of San Diego’s historic LGBT district.
“We are hopeful about tomorrow’s ruling,” said Dr. Delores Jacobs, CEO of The Center. “While a Ninth Circuit ruling that Prop 8 is unconstitutional would be historic and vital, if the court stays their decision as expected, it would mean that, once again, the window for marriages to take place will not be opened in California.”
Once the march arrives at the Joyce Beers Community Center, those who wish to speak before the Uptown Planners in support of the flag project may enter the meeting to share during the public comment section or stand in the room in support. Others will rally on the steps outside of the meeting room.
The procession is expected to arrive by 6:45 pm at the Joyce Beers Community Center, Vermont Street just north of University Avenue.
Jacobs encouraged community members to take part in the many events being held this week marking the upcoming ruling.
“Along with this historic ruling, there are many community events taking place this week - the march, the Uptown Planners meeting, and numerous bar/club and other celebrations. We want to encourage everyone to participate in all of these community events in recognition and celebration of what we hope will be a positive court decision for equality," Jacobs said.
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