Academy Award winner Charlize Theron is
scheduled to appear at a gay marriage rally in Fresno, California
Gay activists will descent upon Fresno
City Hall during the Meet
in the Middle for Equality rally and march to protest the
California Supreme Court's recent decision that upholds the
constitutionality of a gay marriage ban, Proposition 8.
Theron, a longtime gay ally, announced
earlier in the month her support for the rally – before the court
ruled in favor of Prop. 8.
“We know the people whose lives are
on the line – those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or
transgender – will be there,” Theron said in a letter released by
the Courage Campaign announcing her participation in the rally.
“The battle for equality has to be
fought in Middle America – In places like Fresno, California –
not just in gay-friendly cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles.
California's Central Valley population is far more reflective of
national attitudes towards LGBT equality – and until we engage the
communities of Middle America, we will not achieve full equality in
Rally organizer Robin McGehee agrees,
saying Fresno's middle-town experience is more typical of California
values and voters.
Theron was one of the first Hollywood
stars to talk about Tuesday's court decision: “I am deeply
disappointed by the Supreme Court's ruling on Prop. 8 today.”
“I don't agree with homophobia or
discrimination of any kind,” Theron told Eonline. “I will
continue to fight this fight for equality and speak up for the basic
civil rights of all Americans.”