Editors' Note: Bilerico Project special correspondent, Dr. Davina Kotulski, is live at the federal Prop 8 trial and will be filing regular reports as the trial progresses. Davina is the former executive director of Marriage Equality USA and is the author of Why You Should Give A Damn About Gay Marriage.
My hands are still numb from standing in the cold this morning outside the federal building in San Francisco. Marriage Equality USA sponsored a vigil for marriage equality, hope, and justice and there were over 200 participants holding candles to light the early morning rally attended by numerous clergy from many different denominations - including a former Catholic nun and PFLAG mom, Helen Laird. Helen stood with her son, Tim, and spoke of why she believed that all of her children had the right to marry. She said her son was legally married prior to Prop 8, but that the family is waiting to celebrate until marriage equality is again the law of the land in California.
Ksuzanne and her wife, both African-American activists for marriage equality, spoke of the importance of being representatives for the black gay community and spoke of how being able to legally marry granted them the right to hospital visitation, a right KSuzanne unfortunately had to exercise post-Prop 8 when her wife was hospitalized for a life-threatening condition.