Events are planned for Wednesday, June 26, the day the U.S. Supreme Court will announce its decisions in two marriage equality cases.
First, the public is invited to San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Wednesday to join Mayor Ed Lee and other officials in learning the court’s decisions. Doors will open to the public at 6:30 a.m. and the court’s justices are expected to share their opinions beginning at 7.
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and members of the Board of Supervisors will be among those joining Lee.
A press conference will immediately follow the decision. Live broadcasting of the press conference will be available on SFGovTV, Cable Channel 26 and live streaming available at www.sfmayor.org.
The marriage decisions involve California’s Proposition 8 same-sex marriage ban, which is the subject of the Hollingsworth v. Perry lawsuit, and Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the anti-gay law at the heard of U.S. v. Windsor. Marriage equality supporters are hopeful that the court will find that both laws are unconstitutional.
Later Wednesday, people will also gather at 6:30 p.m. in the Castro Wednesday for a Day of Decision event, which is being organized by March4Equality and Marriage Equality USA.
“The Prop 8 & DOMA cases are fundamentally about whether [LGBT] Americans should have the same freedoms as everyone else,” organizers said on their Facebook page. “Momentum for marriage equality is growing rapidly across the nation – regardless of one’s age, race, religious and party affiliation.”
The event will feature performances at Castro and 19th streets by DJ Bryan Hughes, drag queen Tara Wrist, emcee Donna Sachet, and others.
In Oakland on Wednesday, the One Love Queerbilee celebration will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Uptown Art Park on Telegraph at 19th Street, with an after party at Bench and Bar, 510 17th Street.
“Join us for dancing in the streets (or possibly protests, depending on the ruling),” organizers said on their Facebook page. For the celebration, DJ Olga is expected to provide entertainment. There will also be a ‘Married for a Day’ photo booth sponsored by Here Comes the Pride, food trucks, and T-shirt painting.
For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.