United for Marriage, an umbrella group of LGBT and marriage equality organizations, has planned more than 150 rallies around the country this week to coincide with the US Supreme Court hearings on Prop 8 and Defense of Marriage Act. Gay Star News reports:
The US wide rallies will culminate in a three day mass events (25-27 March), entitled ‘United for Marriage: Light the way to Justice’, on the footsteps of the US Supreme Court at Washington DC. Participants plan to express their belief ‘that all Americans deserve to be treated fairly and equally under the law – no matter who they love’. The rally will begin with youth holding a candlelight vigil on the evening of 25 March, holding two rallies for each hearing, along with a prayer session for equality, sharing stories related to gay marriage and a Seder – a Jewish Passover meal.
Opponents are also rallying in DC, bussing people from all over. NOM has a history of disappointing numbers at their rallies, But this is the big one, so expect large numbers of opponents in the Capital:
The Dallas Voice reports on some of the rallies planned for Texas:
Cowtowns’s LGBT community will gather bright and early at the Rainbow Lounge — on March 25 beginning at 6 a.m. — for a rally to celebrate the arguments and Fort Worth state Rep. Lon Burnam’s HB 1300, which calls for marriage equality after the state’s marriage amendment is repealed. The rally is scheduled to last until noon. Dallas’ GetEQUAL TX rally is at the Legacy of Love monument that night, starting at 7 p.m. And in Denton, a 6 p.m. rally will be at the Denton Courthouse Square, 110 W. Hickory St. in Denton, on Monday. In Waco on Monday night, a marriage equality forum will take place instead of a rally. Planned by the social action team at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Waco, it begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature speakers and same-sex couples sharing disparities they face because they are same-sex couples.
Just got this in from the SAME alliance in San Diego:
The SAME Alliance is redoubling its efforts to boost attendance at a downtown rally for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights on Monday March 25th. SAME and other groups have joined efforts to make sure that a clear message from the southwest corner of the United States is delivered to the Supreme Court of the U.S. before their deliberations on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26th and 27th… This historic moment in the LGBT rights struggle has inspired planned activity in all fifty states in the days leading up the hearings. The San Diego rally sponsored by “Light the Way to Justice” Coalition is one of 25 planned in California and will take place at 6PM Monday March 25th in front of the Federal Building at 880 Front St 92101.
And from Sacramento:
Organizing under the national movement, “United for Marriage – Light the Way to Justice”, a local group of LGBT activists are planning a rally and candlelight vigil at the Federal Courthouse (501 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814) Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27, both starting at 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Local organizer, Regina King, is hoping supporters will come out and “make signs and wear red for marriage equality”. The event Tuesday, March 26 will happen the same day the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the Proposition 8 case known as Hollingsworth v. Perry. Wednesday, March 27 the Justices will hear the case for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) known as Windsor v. United States.
We can’t stress enough how important it is for the LGBT community to turn out for these rallies.
Our opponents will be out in force. This is our chance to show the world that we really do care about love and marriage and the opportunity to live our lives with the same rights and respect as everyone else.
If you haven’t been to one of these rallies before, they’re not scary – they are filled with other LGBT folks (and our straight allies) – every one we have attended has filled us with love and a sense of empowerment.
So what are you waiting for? You can find the closest rally here.