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ANTI-FREEDOM groups go to court
by SUN
Tuesday Feb 17th, 2004 7:08 AM
Please attend SF civil court hearings today (Tuesday, Feb. 17) if you can.
SF, Feb. 17: ANTI-FREEDOM groups go to court

Dear freedom-seekers,

Today, Feb. 17, two anti-freedom groups will try to stop the historic San Francisco Marry-In.
They probably will succeed in getting a temporary restraining order (T.R.O.) against the City and County of San Francisco and its officials, preventing issuance of any more licenses to same-gender couples.
From Thursday thru Monday, 2,271 same-gender couples received marriage licenses in San Francisco, reports the S.F. Chronicle. Presumably almost all of these couples used their licenses promptly to get married, and then had the city/county officially record their licensed marriages.
While anti-freedom fascists may easily stop FUTURE weddings, they'll find it difficult to destroy these more than two thousand existing marriages. Who has "standing to sue" for annulment of a legally questionable marriage? The spouses, the parents of juvenile spouses, and who else? Just any uninvolved stranger who wants to intermeddle?


TODAY'S HEARINGS
I hope freedom-seekers will attend today's hearings, at 440 McAllister Street, near City Hall. The first, at 11 AM, will probably take place in Dept. 302, before Judge Ronald Quidachay. The second should take place at 2PM, before Judge James Warren in Dept. 301. However, court events often get delayed and/or moved, so you may want to ask officials, after you get to the courthouse.

Freedom until death!
SUN of San Francisco
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For further info, please see The Chron, which has done an excellent job of reporting on the Marry-In:

<http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/02/17/MNGQQ523311.DTL>

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§Update from City Hall
by Barney Tuesday Feb 17th, 2004 10:00 AM
In this post...

1) nearly 2,500 couples wed since Thursday
2) Superior Court hearing on Tuesday

The scene today at City Hall was even more chaotic than Valentine's Day. As of 6pm
Monday, we had wed 825 couples on Monday, for a total of 2,467 couples since
Thursday. Some 200 city employees and citizens volunteered to help people through
the process. People came from across the country, some from as far as Taiwan and New
Zealand to tie the knot.

I think it is a good bet that this was the first time in human history that people
volunteered to help out at a government record keeping agency (i.e. the San
Francisco assessor-recorders office), which says something about the level of civic
pride and commitment since this whole thing started on Thursday.

It's safe to say that this extraordinary act of civil disobedience ranks with Rosa
Parks refusal to move to the back of the bus, and maybe the Boston Tea Party. I hope
many of you had a chance to see this in person.

2) Superior Court Hearing on Tuesday

Some information about the court hearing on Tuesday (courtesy of one of our list
members)

The hearing on Tuesday on the injunction to stop the gay marriages will be in the
Civic Center Courthouse, right next door to City Hall, at the corner of McAllister
and Polk. I don't know which courtroom, but per newspaper articles it will be in
front of Judge Warren (grandson of Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren and sure
to be recognized by many as the judge who presided over the Noel/Knoller dog mauling
murder trial).

When you see the news cameras, you will know you are in the right place.


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