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Marriage Celebrations all over California Tonight
by MECA
Monday Mar 14th, 2005 3:28 PM
The SF Superior Court ruled that that the state's exclusion of same-sex couples from
civil marriage is unconstitutional.

Take Action Tonight in Your Local Community to Celebrate this Historic Marriage
Decision!
MECAMail!© Marriage Equality California,
a project of Equality California Institute
http://www.marriageequalityca.org and http://www.eqca.org
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"Marriage, Anything Less Is Less Than Equal"
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WE WON!!!

The SF Superior Court ruled that that the state's exclusion of same-sex couples from
civil marriage is unconstitutional.

Take Action Tonight in Your Local Community to Celebrate this Historic Marriage
Decision!

The following Equality California chapters and allied organizations are hosting a
community celebration in support of today’s historic ruling in support of marriage
equality.

If your area isn’t hosting something formal, throw your own party!!

Bakersfield: Gather at 5pm at the Liberty Bell at corner of Truxtun and Chester.
Contact Whitney at kern [at] marriageequalityca.org or call 661-204-3180

Fairfield: Gather at 5:30pm the County Admin Building across from courthouse on
Texas Contact Jeff at 707-208-0284 or email solano [at] marriageequalityca.org.

Fresno: Gather at Fresno City Hall at 5:30pm - Contact Baltimore 559-285-8200 or
email fresno [at] marriageequalityca.org.

Los Angeles: Two meeting points! Your choice. 1) Gather and celebrate at the Abbey
in West Hollywood (on Robertson, just south of Santa Monica Blvd.) at 6 PM (contact
L.J. Carusone: lj [at] eqca.org; 310-625-1481), or 2) Gather and celebrate at Bienestar
5326 E. Beverly Blvd., 90022, at 6 PM (contact Mario Guerrero:
mguerrero [at] bienestar.org; 626-628-5219).

Mendocino: Meet at the County Courthouse at State St. and Perkins in Ukiah tonight
at 5:30pm. Contact Jennifer at 707-490-6319 or email lake [at] marriageequalityca.org.

Nevada County gather at 5:00 pm 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, (that's Olympia
Park/Brunswick Basin) Contact Christine Allen at 530-559-3619.

Sacramento: Meet at the Lambda Center, 1927 L St at 20th and L. Gather at 5:30pm –
Contact Steve Hansen at (916) 501-0525

San Diego: Meet at Exotic Bamboo Nursery Imports & Teas 1475 University Avenue,
Hillcrest Gather at 5:30pm Rally at 6:00pm March at 6:15pm. Local leaders in the
marriage equality movement will speak about this decision and the overall issue of
the freedom to marry. Following this short program, the group will take to the
streets and march through Hillcrest to let the community know that we have won a
significant victory, but that the fight for full equality is far from over.Anthony
White, EQCA San Diego County Chapter Leader , (619) 384-7495 or email
antonioblanco [at] gmail.com

San Francisco – Gather at Harvey Milk Plaza at 5pm, March at 5:30pm Rally at San
Francisco City Hall at 6pm Local leaders in the marriage equality movement will
speak about this decision and the overall issue of the freedom to marry. Contact
Molly McKay at 510-332-0872 or Kelly Hart at 415-377-0147 or email Molly [at] eqca.org

San Joaquin: Gather at 5:30pm at Stockton City Hall Steps – on 425 El Dorado St

Stay Tuned…more local community events will be announced as they are organized!

See You There!
§GET IN THE STREETS AND CELEBRATE WITH US!
by Equality California San Francisco Monday Mar 14th, 2005 5:08 PM
THE COURT RULES IN OUR FAVOR - GET IN THE STREETS AND CELEBRATE WITH US!

We are thrilled that the court today confirmed that
discrimination against committed same-sex couples
violates the California constitution.

The judge concluded that he could find no rational basis for discriminating against
same-sex couples in the provision of civil marriage licenses and that the right to
marry is a fundamental right of citizenship - YES!!! This is a victory for equality
under the law for ALL!

This ruling is very meaningful for families in our
community. The court held that the state of California
can no longer deny us important protections or treat
us as second-class citizens.

CELEBRATE AND RALLY TONIGHT

At 5:00 we are gathering at Castro & Market for a short Rally. Bring signs, bring
friends, bring your enthusiasm and excitement to share!

At 5:30 we start a celebratory march down Market. We will make a quick stop at the
SF LGBT Center to recognize this win for our community and hear words from Director
Thom Lynch at Market & Octavia then onto SF City Hall to celebrate the win for all
Californians - a ruling upholding equality and justice for all under the law. We
will thank our beloved mayor, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, NCLR and all our heroes
that helped make today's decision possible.

COME CELEBRATE OUR WIN

COME CELEBRATE OUR LOVE

contact sanfrancisco [at] marriageequalityca.org with questions
§more
by more Monday Mar 14th, 2005 8:25 PM
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Kathleen Montesinos, left, and her partner Deborah march down Market St. along with their six-month-old twins Sofia, left, and Diego, right, during a rally in favor of gay marriage in San Francisco, Monday, March 14, 2005. San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer overturned California's ban on gay marriage Monday and said that withholding marriage licenses from same-sex couples trespasses on their civil rights. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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