U.S. Supreme Court watch has begun. Sometime between now and the end of the month there will be two rulings that will have a major impact on Marriage Equality and allowing everyone to marry who they chose (Unlike determining our sexual orientation, THIS is a CHOICE). Analysis and predictions have begun. Be prepared to hear all kinds of rumors.
There are numerous predictions as to when Chief Justice Roberts and the rest of the Supreme Court will make the big announcement we are all awaiting. Most veteran Court watchers (yes, there are such people) are predicting the court to issue these opinions on the week of June 24th. This would make it a good bet that DOMA and Prop 8. are going to be squeezed in that last week. “We don’t yet know when the last day — which is presumably when the same-sex marriage rulings will come down — will be. Based on past practice, the most likely days are June 26 and 27” stated the SCOTUS Blog Report. And if the rulings on DOMA and Prop. 8 are released that week, that timing would coincide with New York City’s Gay Pride and San Francisco’s Gay Pride—two of the biggest celebrations in the country.
Orlando is already preparing for the momentous occasion. The Center, along with Come Out With Pride, HRC, Equality Florida, ACLU, Watermark and Hot Spots have united to prepare a celebration of this momentous occasion. We will celebrate – regardless of the outcome – because we have already made major gains in recognition, respect, and acceptance throughout the country, including Florida. Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 27th as we will be holding the Marriage Equality Rally at Lake Eola, beginning at 7 PM. At this time, we are the only planned festivity in the country. We are sure there will be celebrations across the nation, but Orlando is the only one with enough faith to prepare in advance for this event.
The Center Orlando’s volunteer staff will be assembling and placing red luminaries around Lake Eola to symbolically “Paint The Town” red. This will be a visually stunning moment to celebrate Marriage Equality, the work that has taken place to get us to the Supreme Court, to reflect on all of the struggles thus far, and work to be done still. If you would like to sponsor a luminary, we are providing name tags for each bag that we will use to show your sponsorship! Please check our website for the rally to sponsor your own luminaries: http://www.paintorlandored.com/
Some of the schedule speakers and performers will be:
- Congressman Alan Grayson
- Commissioner Patty Sheehan
- Blue Starr
- Scott and Susannah Randolph
- Nadine Smith
- Patrick Howell
- Orlando Gay Parents
- Vivian Rodriguez
There will be food trucks and beverages for all ages (cash bar). After the speeches the celebration will continue with music by one of the hottest DJ’s in Central Florida.
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As Harvey Milk told us, you got to have hope…… some 35 years after he made that statement, hope has persevered It’s our turn. Enjoy this moment. It will remain with you the rest of your life.
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