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The U.S. District Court of Northern California just announced that the Proposition 8 decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger will be coming tomorrow

Olson-boies "On August 4, 2010, the court will issue its written order containing findings of fact and conclusions of law following the court trial held in January and June of this year. The order will be e-filed in the court's Electronic Case Filing system, and will be immediately available thereafter through ECF and PACER. There will be no court proceeding associated with the publication of the order."

The decision will be posted between 1pm and 3pm PDT.

Whatever the decision, it is expected to be appealed.

Text “EQUAL” to 69866 to get a text message with the official decision on your mobile phone the moment the court releases its decision, or sign-up for an email alert at equalrightsfoundation.org

Join American Foundation for Equal Rights on its Web site to watch a live press conference with the plaintiffs, American Foundation for Equal Rights Board President Chad Griffin, and co-counsels Ted Olson and David Boies following the release of the decision.

A decision day rally is being held in NYC at the NEW YORK SUPREME COURT at 7 pm. That's at 60 Centre street in downtown Manhattan.

A Los Angeles public event will be held in West Hollywood Park - 6pm time tentative.

A small number of hard copies of the announcement will also be made available for public review shortly after the order is e-filed in the following locations:

San Francisco Courthouse: Clerk's Office (16th Floor) & Press Room (18th Floor)

Oakland Courthouse: Clerk's Office

San Jose Courthouse: Clerk's Office

Watch the interview Towleroad's Corey Johnson conducted with attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies in March of this year, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. And so it will be. Do we move into the future, or retreat into the past.

    Posted by: Tracy | Aug 3, 2010 7:17:17 PM


  2. So, sweeping judgment for the plaintiffs tomorrow. Followed by almost immediate appeal by the haters. And on to the circuit court we go.

    Posted by: 24play | Aug 3, 2010 7:20:37 PM


  3. Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.

    Posted by: Justin | Aug 3, 2010 7:31:32 PM


  4. I have walked around consumed with anger and hatred toward fundamentalist Christianists and right-wingers ever since Election Day 2008 when it was made clear that a large portion of the California electorate was willing to take away the basic human rights of their fellow Californians.

    I know that the decision will be immediately repealed. But I don't care. I want tomorrow's decision to be a sound REJECTION of Proposition H8. I want tomorrow's decision to affirm that LGBTQ Californians ARE fully human in legal terms.

    And frankly, I will accept nothing less. If the court finds against us, there will be an uprising of a fury not seen since Stonewall.

    And if a few Mormon churches burn down, well, that's JAY-sus! passing His judgment against those evil cultists, don't you know?

    Posted by: One of the CA 36,000 | Aug 3, 2010 7:34:29 PM


  5. Dear "One of the CA 36,000":

    I too am one of the CA 36,000. . .and we're very happily married. I abhor your threat of violence to the Mormon Church, even though they were instrumental in the passage of Prop H8. While we must continue the good fight, even if the decision restores equality to our state constitution, there is no need to fuel or stoke the fires of hatred, violence or dirision. You're better than that, I'm better than that, and our entire community is better than that. Peace and love be with us all tomorrow.

    Posted by: Keith | Aug 3, 2010 7:45:15 PM


  6. Keith, well said.

    Posted by: J | Aug 3, 2010 8:01:05 PM


  7. I literally got shivers when I read the headline. I have been waiting for this for a long time. Lets celebrate equality or get ready to fight even harder!

    Posted by: pharmerandy | Aug 3, 2010 8:01:08 PM


  8. My prediction is that Judge Walker will go for the history books on this one. His decision will be a detailed and complete repudiation of Prop 8 based upon the FACTS. He will leave no room for conjecture or half-truths; and I believe his decision will be upheld on appeal, to the 9th Circuit and on to SCOTUS. Once and for all, the bigotry will be exposed for all to see. It will be a proud day for justice, California and the United States. Maybe it was a good thing that Prop 8 passed - because it will end up being the catalyst to expose hate and bigotry.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 3, 2010 8:11:52 PM


  9. We have every right to be outraged at the discrimination inflicted upon us, but that's no excuse for threats of violence. This is a nation of LAWS, and you, "36,000", are an embarrassment to your species.

    Posted by: Dan | Aug 3, 2010 8:11:56 PM


  10. Meet at the Mormon church in Westwood regardless of decision.

    Posted by: Matt | Aug 3, 2010 8:16:43 PM


  11. Well said Dan and Keith. Fighting back is absolutely necessary, but arson and violence are not the way.

    Posted by: HawaiiBill | Aug 3, 2010 8:37:22 PM


  12. San Diegans: Win or lose, march at 6:00 pm at Sixth and University in Hillcrest.

    Posted by: Justin | Aug 3, 2010 8:37:32 PM


  13. Oh yes, well, if arson and violence aren't the way (as bashers clearly think it is...bashers like mormon hate groups who incite violence against lgbt'ers...whose end result of bankrolling hate campaigns is violence)...what is? Discussion? More caucausing? Go away, you silly stupid faggots...and elderly...because I bet you are... To those elderly who are against any outrage...you have failed (completely), and your strategy doesn't work. We are basically no better off than we were in the early seventies.

    ...you sad supine useless jellyfish queens will achieve and have achieved nothing with your strategy of "talk it out!" and impotent outreach. Hawaiibill in particular is a useless to the gay rights struggle...hawaii bill is a eunuch with a keyboard, essentially. About the only thing gay about him is that he's attracted to men...and I don't even know about that...he could be a bigoted troll.

    Posted by: TANK | Aug 3, 2010 8:45:01 PM


  14. Oh, and the interest of full disclosure, I'm advocating neither arson nor violence. With one caveat: no civil rights movement in history as been successful without the implicit threat of violence...and good use of fear.

    Posted by: TANK | Aug 3, 2010 8:55:54 PM


  15. nyc info is: 7-9pm at New York City Supreme Court at 60 Centre St.

    NOT THE MORMON TEMPLE

    Posted by: Vito J. Oliver | Aug 3, 2010 9:05:44 PM


  16. With the recent release of the documentary about Stonewall and the accompanying press, I realized that we are winning this fight regardless of the judge's decision tomorrow. For those of us alive during Stonewall, I doubt many of us ever expected gay marriage to be at the front & center of national debate in our lifetimes. I'm so fucking proud of us, our communities, our activists and our unmitigated resolve to never be forced back into the closet. Our freedoms might not come tomorrow, but they'll come, by damn, and nothing is going to stop us.

    Posted by: Mike V. | Aug 3, 2010 9:36:10 PM


  17. The decision is expected to be appealed and the followed by a long,expensive legal battle. To contribute to the legal defense and help AFER take this trial to the Supreme Court click here (bit.ly/cUgZDb).

    Posted by: Jeremy | Aug 3, 2010 10:27:28 PM


  18. Wow. I’ll never get any sleep tonight! Worse than Christmas...

    Posted by: ichabod | Aug 3, 2010 10:41:21 PM


  19. Tank, what "elderly" are you referring to? Are you referring to the elderly who fought, suffered broken bones, lost teeth and shed blood for the right to leave their homes so that they could gather and share a drink at a bar? Or are you perhaps alluding to the elderly who took to the streets, screamed loudly, spilled paint on the steps of churches, set up hospices, delivered meals into the wee hours of the nights to the ill, and demanded acknowledgment from their government that a scourge was killing their friends, family and loved ones?

    We are all one. Those who fought before us fought battles we will never know. They fought for the very right to exist, and we are fighting for the right to marry only because THEY paved the way for us to do so. We are a community, let's show respect for one another.

    Posted by: MackMichael | Aug 3, 2010 10:51:25 PM


  20. I too, live in CA & can empathize with "One of the CA 36k" I was despondent for wks after the election debacle.

    The bluster is understandable but cannot ever become action- it's the wrong way to go- but more impt, it would be instantly seized upon by those that want to distract from the fact that Prop H8 runs opposite to American's core values...

    please, forgo the violence in favor of the important message of equality under the law.

    Posted by: stephen | Aug 3, 2010 10:51:40 PM


  21. Tank, sometimes you're a hilarious, sad, nasty little creature, aren't you? Listen, my main accomplishment in the 70s was pretending to like girls and learning to drink beer and yours, if you'd popped from Mama's womb yet, was filling diapers, so get over yourself. As someone who quivered in his lonely pubescent closet throughout the 70s, I can tell you how much has changed, and it ain't on account of either of us. It's on account of those elderly faggots, living and dead.

    Some of the fiercest, most effective activists I know have been grand old farts, and some were born after Bill Clinton was President. It has nothing to do with age and everything to do with passion, and knowing how and where to spend it. However the decision goes tomorrow--and I certainly hope reason will prevail, so we can move to the next step with this victory--all us faggots and dykes and queers and LGBT sympathizers (and there are sure a lot more of them now than there were circa 1975) need to spend our passion articulately, wisely, and forcefully.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 3, 2010 11:08:44 PM


  22. Does anyone know if there will be a sort of "window of marriage opportunity" following the ruling and before the defense can file their appeal? Although I just read that Prop 8 supporters have already filed a stay of judgment....

    Posted by: Scott | Aug 3, 2010 11:24:49 PM


  23. Scott, the decision is likely to be stayed until appeal.

    Posted by: MackMichael | Aug 3, 2010 11:31:00 PM


  24. Honestly, if we can't get a fairly open gay judge to rule in our favor, then we have no hope.

    Posted by: Marty | Aug 3, 2010 11:31:27 PM


  25. Thanks MackMichael - I figured as much...just wishful thinking. :)

    Posted by: Scott | Aug 4, 2010 12:31:20 AM


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