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California Vigils Set for Eve of Supreme Court Prop 8 Hearing

A series of candlelight vigils are being planned by Marriage Equality USA on March 4th (one week from tomorrow), the evening before the California Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in the challenge to Proposition 8, the measure which banned same-sex marriage in the state.

Vigils Said Molly McKay, Marriage Equality USA Media Director: "On the eve of justice, we're calling on Californians to march forth on March 4th in candlelight vigils to be held across the state in support of the Constitution's promise of equality for all. We invite supporters of marriage equality, their friends and families, and especially the 18,000 same-sex couples married last year, to join us in a showing of faith and support that love and justice will prevail."

So far vigils are planned in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, San Jose, Visalia, Modesto, Stockton, Bakersfield, and Roseville.

According to the group, "In most locations, these vigils will include recommitment ceremony, speakers and moment of silence. Below is the current list of organized events as of this press release. For the most up-to-date information, go to and interested organizations that wish to participate can e-mail .

Adds Pamela Brown, Marriage Equality USA Policy Director:  "On March 5th, the California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on why Proposition 8 should be repealed. Marriage Equality USA is working to raise $30,000 so that this historic oral argument on March 5th from 9am to noon can be seen and heard on a large jumbotron in Civic Center Plaza by the thousands of people expected to come to San Francisco to view the hearing. This venue will allow thousands of people to witness this historic event within view of the California Supreme Court."

Interested donors can go to Marriage Equality USA Supreme Court Jumbotron.

Information on all the VIGIL LOCATIONS planned thus far, AFTER THE JUMP...

San Francisco
Gather at Market and Castro from 5-6pm for pre-march rally in Harvey Milk Plaza, March steps off at 6pm down Market St to the CA Supreme Court (Civic Center) at 6:45pm. For more information contact

Los Angeles
Gather at Olvera Street in Downtown from 5:30-7:00pm for vigil program. For more information contact Geoff Scowcroft and Peter Wolf, Marriage Equality USA at

Gather at West Steps of Capitol from 5-6pm for pre-march rally. Step off at 6pm. Arrive at CA Supreme Court (914 Capitol Mall) at 6:30pm for short program. For more information contact Tina Reynolds or Jade Baranski at

San Diego
Gather at the Hall of Justice at 330 W Broadway, San Diego CA 92101 from 4-6pm for a community rally with speakers and singing. A candlelight vigil will then line the streets of Downtown San Diego Starting at 6pm. For more information contact Fernando Lopez, Marriage Equality USA at

Gather outside of the Fresno County Clerk's Office at 2221 Kern Street, Fresno, CA 93721 at 6pm for vigil program, recommitment ceremony, speakers and moment of silence. For more information contact Jason Scott, Marriage Equality USA at

San Luis Obispo
Gather at the San Luis Obispo Downtown Center - 888 Marsh St. San Luis Obispo at 5:30pm. For more information contact David Kilburn, Marriage Equality USA at

San Jose
Gather at the intersection of Winchester Boulevard and Stevens Creek Boulevard, at Santana Row and Valley Fair shopping centers from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. For more information, please email us at

Gather at 221 S. Mooney Blvd, Visalia, CA (on Courthouse lawn) from 5:30 - 7:30pm.  For more information contact Jamie Garza, Marriage Equality USA at

Gather at 1010 10th Street in Downtown Modesto at 7pm to walk to the Court House for a short vigil program and moment of silence at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Beth Holden, Marriage Equality USA at

Gather at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 2737 Pacific Ave Stockton, CA 95204 at 6pm. For more information contact Martina Virrey, Marriage Equality USA at

Gathering in two locations. In Delano, gather at the South End of Cecil Avenue Park on Cecil Avenue from 4-6pm and in Kernville, gather at Circle Park at 5pm. For more information, contact Marriage Equality USA at

Gathering at the Roseville Galleria Mall, 1151 Galleria Blvd from 6-7:30pm for a peaceful candlelight vigil.  Meet outside the mall entrance between the Cheesecake Factor (next to JC Penny) and Nordstroms. For more information, contact Marriage Equality USA at

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  1. Yay! More vigils...and candles. At least they'll look pretty in the candle light.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Feb 24, 2009 11:41:26 AM

  2. D.R.H., I was planning to go to the vigil, but you've convinced me to go to the event you're planning instead. Where will it be and when should I get there?

    Posted by: Rob | Feb 24, 2009 1:07:07 PM

  3. I think D.R.H. may be waiting for an act of REAL civil disobedience or some other action that would not just get a brief mention (maybe) on TV, but actually make this entire country STOP and take notice - you know, like a MASS SIT-IN or TAX REVOLT.

    The problem with planning an event is that people actually have to SHOW UP. Holding a candle is much less risky than a sit-in, where one can get arrested, so many show up for candles. Of course tax revolt is neat since there could not be any immediate arrests, and it would turn the I.R.S. upsidedown as they try to find and catch all of us. Wanna come to my event? (lol - I know the vasst majority won't, but that's OK - they must like paying taxes to oppressive governments)

    Posted by: John Bisceglia | Feb 24, 2009 2:13:34 PM

  4. Our OC church is having a rally the same day that the Court reviews the case. We hope you can make this, and please forward to everyone you can think of!!!

    Marriage Equality Rally: "CHURCH MEMBERS RESPOND TO PROP 8"

    TIME: 4:00PM-6:00PM
    LOCATION: Church of the Foothills
    19211 Dodge Avenue (at Newport Blvd.)
    Santa Ana, California 92705-2236

    To coincide with the California Supreme Court review of the legitimacy of Proposition 8, members of the Church of the Foothills and others will stage a Marriage Equality Rally on Thursday March 5th, 2009, from 4:00PM-6:00PM (Rain or Shine!) In the midst of conservative Orange County, which was not only a major source of funding for the proposition, but also voted overwhelmingly in support of it, Church of the Foothills has long championed progressive Christian values.

    By showing opposition to Prop 8, this protest will affirm the love that Jesus showed to all, and continue his message of peace, justice, and equality for all mankind. Present at this action will be a diverse group of all ages, including recently married LGBT couples, LGBT families with children, and straight allies like.

    Bring a sign stating your reasons for believing in Marriage Equality, such as "Jesus Loves Everyone", "No on Hate - No on Prop 8", and "I Want to See My Daddies MARRIED!", etc.

    At our last No on 8 rally, television news covered us, and we're inviting them to again, so the more people we can get for this, the better! Church of the Foothills is an Open and Affirming church, supports marriage equality for all, and was profiled in the OC Register as having performed the first legal same gender church wedding in Orange County.

    For more information on this Marriage Equality rally, please contact Kergan Edwards-Stout at

    Thanks, and please forward to everyone you know!

    Posted by: Kergan Edwards-Stout | Feb 24, 2009 2:59:09 PM

  5. OR everyone could do the most environmentally sustainable thing and watch it here:

    Posted by: perlerorneq | Feb 24, 2009 3:49:03 PM

  6. But John, why is he waiting? Why doesn't he organize such an event himself instead of sitting at his computer writing snarky messages about people are putting in real time and effort?

    And DRH, if in fact you ARE planning such an event, then I will sincerely eat crow and help you publicize it.

    Posted by: Rob | Feb 24, 2009 5:28:40 PM

  7. I'd like to go to an event in Washington, DC. Is anyone meeting at the Supreme Court behind the Capitol at 5:30pm EST? Or somewhere else? I couldn't find anything online.

    Posted by: R | Mar 3, 2009 6:44:46 AM

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