SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME) will celebrate recent victories in the fight for marriage equality at its general membership meeting on Valentine's Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 6:30 pm.
Since the group was founded in 2008, following the passage of Proposition 8 in California, SAME has participated in a number of actions to repeal the law. Now that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court ruling that the law is unconstitutional, SAME hopes to take some time to reflect on the work it has done and the work it has ahead of them with a celebration.
"[The Ninth Circuit's ruling] is a reason to celebrate," said Cecile Veillard, president of SAME. “But it’s just one of many reasons to be excited about the LGBT movement today.”
Besides the recent Prop 8 ruling, SAME will also celebrate Washington state legislature's approval of same-sex marriage. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the bill into law on Monday.
“Many a grand judicial decision has been encouraged or enabled by a loud and visible movement of the people,” SAME member Sean Bohac said at a rally last week. "This Tuesday's meeting is a celebration of the people of San Diego, and the spirit that they brought to the march on Feb. 7. Whether it is a judicial, legislative or intellectual social justice struggle, San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality works to encourage people to stand up and make their voices for equality heard."
The organization plans to serve a cake at the meeting.
Along with the celebration, the meeting will also include discussion of a number of other projects the organization is working on, including its "Hillcrest Queer Mural" project. The group wants to create a public mural to commemorate the contributions of LGBT people who have stood at the fronts of important social justice movements over the years.
The group will now meet at the San Diego LGBT Pride office, 3620 30th St. in North Park. The public is welcome.
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SAME members helped organize and participated in a Feb. 7 march and rally in celebration of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling: