Karen Ocamb

Happy Valentine's Day! Get Engaged for Marriage Equality

Filed By Karen Ocamb | February 14, 2012 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: gay marriage, Los Angeles, marriage equality, Marriage Equality USA, same-sex marriage

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From Marriage Equality USA:

The Los Angeles protest is part Marriage Equality's National Freedom to Marry Week, which highlights the 1,138 rights afforded to married couples by federal law that do not cover LGBT Americans because of DoMA (Defense of Marriage Act) including those pertaining to income taxes, immigration, social security and others. The annual Valentine's Day marriage license counter protest, which contributed to the May 2008 California Supreme Court decision that allowed same-sex couples to marry, will occur every year until same sex couples are afforded the same rights as the rest of society.

The who, where and why are after the break.

Where: Tuesday, February 14th from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, East Los Angeles County Recorder's Office, 4716 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90022

Who: Attorney Gloria Allred, Rev Troy Perry, Robin Tyler (attorney & plaintiffs who filed first lawsuit in 2004 challenging the State of California marriage laws to include same-gender couples), Milton Davis, Eddie Martinez, Steve Krantz, among others.

Why: According to the [9th Circuit] Court's decision, Prop 8 "stripped same-sex couples of the ability they previously possessed to obtain and use the designation of 'marriage' to describe their relationships. Nothing more, nothing less. Proposition 8 therefore could not have been enacted to advance California's interests in child-rearing or responsible procreation, for it had no effect on the rights of same-sex couples to raise children or on the procreative practices of other couples. Nor did Proposition 8 have any effect on religious freedom or on parents' rights to control their children's education; it could not have been enacted to safeguard those liberties."

"The Ninth Circuit's ruling that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional was an early Valentine to loving couples and fair-minded citizens everywhere," said Jane Wishon, Marriage Equality USA Los Angeles Co-Chair. "While the court's ruling gives us renewed hope for the restoration of marriage equality in California soon, our people still can't wed pending further appeals."

"Today, the LGBT couples at marriage license counters across the country represent our hopes to honor and protect our families just like everyone else. We urge that all fair-minded people join us in our efforts to make sure all people can have the dignity of marrying the person that they love," said Eileen Ma, Executive Director of APIEquality-LA.

This is just one of many similar actions happening across the country on Valentine's Day - requestmarriage.com. The LA event is the result of the cooperation of APIEquality LA, California Faith for Equality, Congregation Kol Ami, EQCA, GetEqual, Jordan/Rustin Coalition, Latino Equality Alliance, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, Love Honor Cherish, Marriage Equality USA, Metropolitan Community Church Los Angeles, Out4Immigration, PFLAG Southern Pacific Region, Pop Luck Club, RaiseAChild.us, Same Sex Photography by Sara & Ryan, Soulforce, Stonewall Democratic Club Los Angeles, Stonewall Young Democrats Los Angeles, The Equality Campaign, Inc., and more.


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