Celebs Rally In SoCal To Repeal Prop 8


After yesterday’s ruling by the California Supreme Court to uphold the Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage, folks began rallying all around the State in an effort to peaceably protest that ruling. Here in West Hollywood, CA last night, celebs gathered with protesters to voice their displeasure with the court’s ruling and to begin building support for a new ballot initiative that will likely make it to the polls next year (2010) to Repeal Prop 8. Here are a few pics of some of the celebs who took to the streets in protest last night and some info about what went down:

After months of legal wrangling, the California Supreme Court announced on Tuesday to uphold a ban on same-sex marriages. Justices voted 6-1 to uphold Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban of gay marriage, dealing a major legal blow to the gay and lesbian community. California residents passed Prop 8 with 52 percent of the vote last November. The court also ruled that the roughly 18,000 marriages that took place before Prop 8 took effect are still valid. “It would be a shocking, strange thing in California law to essentially divorce those couples against their will,” said Jennifer Pizer, a lawyer from Lambda Legal. The crowd that had gathered outside the Supreme Court in San Francisco was mostly made up of gay rights supporters, and there was a huge outcry when the ruling was released at 10 a.m. After the announcement, the crowd began marching through San Francisco streets chanting, “Shame on you.” Crowds converged in West Hollywood Tuesday at 7 p.m. to oppose the state Supreme Court’s ruling. They marched to the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave., shutting down the intersection. That crowd was estimated to be approximately 5,000 strong. Five states have already legalized gay marriage, and gay marriage supporters had hoped California would be the sixth. The justices said the people do have the right to change their constitution through the ballot box. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released a statement shortly after the ruling. “While I believe that one day, either the people or courts will recognize gay marriage, as governor of California, I will uphold the decision of the California Supreme Court,” he said. “Regarding the 18,000 marriages that took place prior to Proposition 8’s passage, the court made the right decision in keeping them intact.” The governor encouraged those responding to the decision to do so peacefully and lawfully … In Leimert Park, the ACLU and several faith-based groups held a news conference to respond to the state Supreme Court’s decision. “This is nothing short of apartheid in our own state, that some people were allowed to be married, and others will never have that right,” said Rabbi Denise Eger from Kol Ama Congregation. Local residents Eric Monriquez and Juan Ribera said the announcement was bittersweet for them. While they were happy their marriage would still be recognized by the state, they said they were very disappointed with the ruling. “We’re very sad for other couples,” Ribera said. Gay rights advocates had argued the ballot measure revised the state constitution’s equal protection clause, thus needing the legislature’s approval before it could be put to voters. Six months before Prop 8 passed, the California Supreme Court had ruled in favor of gay marriage, saying that denying gay marriage amounted to state-sanctioned discrimination. Gay rights supporters say the fight is far from over.

Very true, the fight is FAR from over … in fact, it has only just begun. The site RepealProp8.com was launched yesterday in the wake of the court’s ruling that seeks to put the issue back on the ballot for voters to decide again. Because California allows the amendment of the State constitution by a simple voter majority, the issue can go back on the ballot for voters to decide — again. The vote was so close last November that supporters, me included, believe that another vote would be sure to legalize same-sex marriage here in California. If YOU would like info on how you can help the cause, head over to RepealProp8.com. There is still a long road ahead but if we’ve learned nothing from the 5 States that have legalized same-sex marriage in this country, we’ve learned that true marriage equality for all will eventually come — even in places you’d least expect. Much props and love goes out to the celebs who came out to rally last night … including, Kathy Griffin & her mother Maggie, Deborah Gibson, Haylie Duff, Emmy Rossum, Lance Bass, Eliza Dushku and more. Eliza posted photos on her official Twitter page thruout the night. Props, too, to Governor Schwarzenegger for his support as well … here is a short vid clip of his comments to Jay Leno on The Tonight Show last night:

Marriage Equality will happen for all, I just know it … and now the work begins.

[Photo credit: X17, Splash News; Source]

  • K

    It’ll happen someday, I just hope it’s sooner rather than later.
    By the way, Eliza looks smokin’ in that picture!

  • Lis

    I’ll drink to that ! Kathy’s mother is so funny!

  • Anna

    I support Gay Rights, and I’m sorry, but the only thing that matters in the end is the vote. PERIOD. If more people vote against it, then that is the way it is. If more people vote for it, thats the way it is.

    • @Anna — I’m sorry, Anna, but no. The rights of individuals should not be left up to a matter of popular vote. If that were the case, you’d still not be allowed to even vote. When it comes to the rights of citizens, minority rights should not be entrusted to a popular vote.

  • Alex

    ^^^ Agree w/ trent!! Btw Eliza is smoking hot!!! I want her to be my girlfriend haha, a guy can dream :(

  • Nicole

    I wish more of these celebrities had shown their support before the November vote.

  • Derek

    I totally agree with Trent, the rights of minorities should never be left up to the majority, otherwise women and african american wouldn’t be able to vote, and people of different races wouldn’t be able to marry.

  • Jenn

    Bang-O-Rang! Trent! lol It seems that all too often people like to forget the struggles through out history that took place for them to have the luxury of taking their current civil rights for granted!

    Thanks for sharing the pics btw :) I was @ the Santa Ana equality march/protest w/o a cam ;P

  • Anna

    Trent, correct me if I am wrong, but It is my understanding that homosexuals are not protected under the constitution as a minority group, and one of the many reasons anti-gay rights groups push towards homosexuality being a lifestyle choice. Now, I am not gay so I cannot speak to whether it is a choice or not. But it is my strong belief in our justice system that until it can be definitively proven that homosexuality is in fact something you are born with and not a choice, than there will be people who vote against the right to marry of the same sex.
    Now aside from that, my opinion both does and does not matter. I explained above why my opinion does not matter. However, where my opinion means something lies within the fact that I can use my voice and others can use thiers as both gay and straight to work towards marriage for all.

  • ummm…

    Yeah, Anna, know your history: Women’s right to vote (1920) & the Civil Rights Act (1964) were not enacted by popular vote.

  • Ally

    Oh my goodness. Not to mention desegregation of schools (Brown v. Wade)! Sometimes courts have to step in and stop prejudice when others are not ready to give up pointless hate.

  • Derek

    Anna, the fact that you think that homosexuality may be a choice, is where the problem stems. It never has and never will be a choice, did you choose to be straight? Were you born straight?

  • staci

    @ ally- brown vs the board of education of topeka. you’re thinking of roe vs. wade which was the abortion one. i just want you to be able to make your point elsewhere without a douche like me correcting. ;)

    but seriously people we think of how women and african americans were not allowed to vote and interracial marriages were also banned and it sounds so ludicrous and archaic. i honestly believe that we’ll get to a point where this same-sex marriage ban sounds ludicrous and archaic. i’d like that to be sooner rather than later. but please @ Anna you don’t choose to be gay any more than you choose your eye color. it’s more like a choice whether or not to be yourself or to conform to outdated social practice. not to mention that if it were up to the popular vote, bush would not have been elected. stepping off soapbox…. now.

  • Anna

    I actually dont whether it is a choice or not. I am saying a lot of anti gay groups think it is. Is it inate or a choice, I don’t know.

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  • Ally

    Ha! Staci — My fault. I had two separate thoughts running there. I was going to throw Roe v. Wade into my argument as another example of when the courts have to step in but thought this conversation was probably heated enough. Somehow the case names got squished together in my brain.

  • rayoflight1982

    The major problem with this decision is three-fold: 1) it created a third class of citizen in the sense that there are 18,000 gays and lesbians like Ellen who were able to get married and then another group of 3rd class citizens who are gays and lesbians like Melissa Etheridge who cannot get married. and 2) it opened up a precedent that allows the rights of the minority to be decided upon by a simple voter majority. For example, if tomorrow, 52% of Californian voters decided that nose-rings or blogging should be illegal, they can get a simple majority at the ballot box and make it the law. And 3) to quote the one dissenting opinion of Justice Moreno, “It weakens the status of our state Constitution as a bulwark of fundamental rights for minorities protected from the will of the majority.”

  • GirlieGirl

    *sigh* trying so hard to focus on the positive…. The H8 is at least forcing people to confront the issue and TAKE a muthaf’in stand.
    I was so sick of these middle of the road people.
    Good for Arnold!
    I gotta say that living in SF can sometimes make you believe that all of our social struggles are over. At the very least, this was a reminder that there is still plenty of work to do.
    No H8.


    I protested last night. I know that the vote was finalized but if someone or a group of people in general are unhappy about a vote then they or we have a right to overturn it if we’d like. Yes, freedom of speech can work both ways you know. And, there’s more progress. It just really makes me mad when people constantly complain… DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Just don’t sit on your ass and bitch and moan when you aren’t doing anything about it. I guess that there is only so much an individual can do but it just really flips my handle bars when people just sit there and complain. Hi, get over yourself. If you’re not going to do anything about it then you might as well shut up. Just my two cents. But I think many people are so blind sighted how much progress this whole thing has developed. There’s so much progress going on and yet, people just want want want. Look through the gaps and you will see how far Gays have actually come along since. Don’t ignore the progress just because you want the final result right away.

  • Christine

    Trent where were you in the protest!!!!

    The court may not have had the constitutional jurisdiction to create a new law with this decision, but the measure should never have been allowed to be put to a ballot. The rights of individuals should never be able to be put to a vote. That is just so effing wrong.

  • JOHN

    Our state is broke, and this is your concern? I’m moving back to Texas..

    Gay Milionaire

  • PixiesBassline

    I think Gay people should be able to be married. I think that IF I WANT TO, I should be able to marry my best friend! (even if we AREN’T gay!) You marry someone for their partnership and whatever else.
    As humans born of free will, AND IN THE “LAND OF THE FREE”, I think it should be allowed. There are gay couples who have been together for a LONG time, who have no plans to leave eachother, but then they can’t benefit with insurance or anything because they aren’t *married*. It really angers me when people are held back from the simplest things, because SOMEONE “said so”… Strangers making decisions that we all have to abide by.. Yeah, it’s good to make laws against murder and rape – but why such an uproar over THIS? Come on!

  • Joanne

    ‘The work’ should have begun, before the ruling – not afterwards … the gay community has this protesting (after the fact) thing all messed up.