Gay activists are preparing for
Wednesday's ruling on whether California's gay marriage ban,
Proposition 8, violates the U.S. constitution.
is the first federal trial to challenge the constitutionality of a
gay marriage ban and is expected to reach the Supreme Court.
American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the group behind the
case, will hold a press conference in San Francisco immediately after
the decision is announced, sometime between 1PM and 3PM PT. Lawyers
who argued the case, Ted Olson and David Boies, as well as AFER
President Chad Griffin and plaintiffs Kris Perry, Sandy Stier, Paul
Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, are expected to speak at the event to be
held at The Bentley Reserve hotel.
AFER is also hosting a public rally in
West Hollywood at the West Hollywood Park on North San Vicente. The
demonstration begins at 6PM.
Another march in Phoenix is also
planned. Gay activists say they'll march tonight from the Cesar
Chavez Plaza to the Sandra Day O'Connor federal courthouse. The
rally, which begins at 5:30PM, is being organized by the
gay rights group HERO.
“Come out and join your friends, let
your voice be heard, and demand your constitutional rights TODAY no
matter what the decision is!” the group told members in an email.