Oakland Mayor Jean Quan will join with city council members to celebrate the recent Proposition 8 court ruling and marriage equality activists will make their annual pilgrimage to county clerk offices around the state on Valentine’s Day.
In Oakland, the mayor and city council members will join community leaders and host a Celebration for Marriage Equality at City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 14. There will be cake and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available on the Facebook page, “Overturn of Prop 8 Valentine’s Day Reception.”
The reception will celebrate the February 7 decision by a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel that found Prop 8, the state’s same-sex marriage ban, unconstitutional.
Also on February 14, marriage equality advocates with Get Equal, California Faith for Equality, Coalition of Welcoming Congregations, and Marriage Equality USA will hold their annual marriage counter demonstrations at county clerk offices around the state. These are generally peaceful and fun actions, whereby same-sex couples approach the counter and ask for a marriage license. Because same-sex marriage is not currently taking place in California, the clerks turn the couples away, but the demonstrations keep the issue in the public eye and many clerks are supportive. Additionally, because many opposite-sex couples tie the knot that day, it’s also an educational opportunity.
In San Francisco, the counter action will take place at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In the East Bay, leafleting will take place at the Walnut Creek BART station (all day) and in Martinez, there will be a counter event from 4 to 5 p.m. People are encouraged to bring balloons, smiles, and friends.
For more information and a listing of activities planned in other cities, visit www.marriageequality.org and click on “Action Center” then “Calendar of Events.”
[Updated: Also, in Berkeley, author Cynthia Chin-Lee will be at Books Inc. Tuesday at 4 p.m. to sign copies of her latest children’s book, Operation Marriage (Reach and teach/PM Press). The story is based on a real Palo Alto family caught in the crossfire of Prop 8. Illustrator Lea Lyon and local leaders will be at the event as well. The book signing is sponsored by Freedom to Marry. Books Inc. is located at 1760 4th Street.
Rabbi Michael Lerner, founder of Network Spiritual Progressives and Tikkun magazine, will be on hand to introduce the Defense of All Families Pledge that has already collected around 2,000 signatures.]