Same Sex Marriage
On the heels of yesterday’s ruling from a federal judge that California’s Proposition 8 is unconstitutional, hundreds took to the streets in San Francisco to celebrate. Participants gathered in the early evening and marched down one side of Market Street from the Castro district to City Hall, led by a festooned flatbed truck playing music.
(8/4) — UPDATED 18:37 PDT — SAN FRANCISCO — California’s voter-approved Proposition 8, which defines marriage exclusively as a union between a man and a woman, violates the United States Constitution, a U.S. District Court judge ruled Wednesday afternoon.
In a sweeping decision, posted online Wednesday afternoon, Judge Vaughn Walker soundly rejected all of the arguments that same-sex marriage opponents presented, saying “Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples.”
Walker, however, stayed his ruling, preventing same-sex marriage licenses from being issued immediately.
(8/3) — 18:50 PDT — SAN FRANCISCO — A federal ruling on the constitutionality of California’s 2008 voter-approved Proposition 8, which defined marriage exclusively as a union between a man and a woman, will be handed down Wednesday afternoon.
Chief U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, who presided over a historic nonjury trial of the case, is expected to post his decision online between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., according to published reports.
Grab your lipstick and find a partner, just as long as he or she is of the same gender. Why you may ask? Tomorrow, April 15th, is Same Sex Kiss Day and a chance for the LGBT community to come out and be completely open about who they are.
Same Sex Kiss Day calls for couples to go to a neighborhood Starbucks coffee shop and during one (or all, if you wish) of four designated times throughout the day, exchange a kiss with your same sex partner or friend. The set times are at 7:15 am, 12:15 pm, 5:15 pm, and 8:15 pm.
By Tim Jue / Beat Staff Writer
Passions are still running high in San Francisco’s Castro District after television news cameras caught a Friday night confrontation between gay rights supporters and a local Christian prayer group that required riot-gear toting San Francisco Police Officers to quell tempers in the neighborhood.
KTVU Channel 2 News reports on their website that members the Christian group, identified by bloggers as belonging to the Justice House of Prayer’s San Francisco congregation, needed a police escort out of the neighborhood after tempers flared between them and Castro residents who were angered by their presence.
KTVU reports that the group meets regularly at the intersection of 18th and Castro Streets to convert homosexuals into a straight lifestyle.