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All summer long, it has been amazing to see the marriage map changing day by day as weddings performed by county clerks in New Mexico and Pennsylvania have proven once again that the marriage equality landscape has completely changed since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings this June. Watching joyful couples lining up in county after county has been a wonderful reminder of the power we have on the local level to create national change – a lesson we learned almost a decade ago on the steps of San Francisco City Hall.
As though wedding planning weren’t stressful enough on its own, California couples making or reviving plans to marry this summer and beyond have been faced with the additional anxiety of wondering whether the issuance of marriage licenses might be halted and weddings once again put indefinitely on hold.
A coalition of national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights organizations, led by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, today issued an open letter in support of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
You might easily mistake newly-installed MEUSA board president Jane Wishon for a high-achieving lesbian wearing many hats: mother, PTA enthusiast, church elder, zoo volunteer and an activist for LGBTIQ rights, among others. But this MBA-holding Californian, mother of three and aptly self-described “professional volunteer” has been in a heterosexual marriage for close to 40 years. Her conversion from “tolerant skeptic” to head of the MEUSA Board of Directors is a paradigm for middle Americans ripe for conversion to the LGBTIQ equality movement as straight allies.
With presentations by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and proclamations from California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) hosted its first-ever Los Angeles Awards Reception on August 10. For pictures, event journal, and videos, go to http://www.marriageequality.org/la-awards.
“We came together in LA at an historic moment to celebrate the Supreme Court’s marriage rulings and rededicate ourselves to making marriage equality a reality in all 50 states,” said Brian Silva, Marriage Equality USA Executive Director. “It was extraordinarily successful.”
August brings with it more wedding bells, as equal marriage rights take effect in Minnesota and Rhode Island, and more and more couples marry in California. It’s a great feeling to celebrate friends’ weddings and to have the freedom to marry extended to a growing number of states on both coasts, as well as in […]