Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Prop 8 decision coming Tuesday

The California Supreme Court will issue its decision on the validity of Proposition 8 Tuesday, May 26 at 10 a.m.

The court posted a notice on its Web site Friday stating that the decision in the same-sex marriage cases would be issued Tuesday.

The long-awaited decision has gay rights advocates anxiously anticipating the ruling, and to determine future action should the court uphold Prop 8, which eliminated the right for same-sex couples to marry. After the court’s landmark ruling last May 15 striking down Prop 22, same-sex marriages took place throughout the state until November 4, when voters approved Prop 8. An estimated 18,000 same-sex couples tied the knot in the five months such marriages were legal.

Following oral arguments March 5, court observers widely expect the justices will rule Tuesday that those marriages will remain valid; most of the speculation has been on whether the justices will uphold Prop 8.

As the Bay Area Reporter reported earlier this month, two statewide groups are gearing up for a return to the ballot box in an effort to repeal Prop 8 should the court uphold it. Those groups, Equality California and the Courage Campaign, are also part of a larger coalition that is conducting a statewide poll to gauge peoples’ attitudes on same-sex marriage.

Locally, there are events Monday night and Tuesday morning. On Monday night, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., a prayer service will be held at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street in San Francisco. The evening of songs and meditation will center on peace, healing, and understanding. Families are encouraged to attend.

Tuesday morning, from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m., a service and blessing will be held at St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church Street (across from Safeway). Equality California’s Andrea Shorter said that the Bay Area community is invited to attend the service, which will feature music, words from community leaders, testimonies from married couples, and blessings for those who will be participating in protests or rallies. People will then march in a procession from the church to Civic Center Plaza, which is across the street from the Supreme Court building.

There are also actions planned for Tuesday night. For details, go to

In Fresno, LGBTs and allies will hold a rally on Saturday, May 30. Dubbed “Meet in the Middle 4 Equality,” the event takes place at 1 p.m. in front of Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno Street. Other activities are also planned over the weekend and more information is available at

The B.A.R. will have full coverage of the court ruling online at and in next week’s issue.

— Cynthia Laird, May 22, 2009 @ 10:06 am PST
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