If Stay is Lifted – Sacramento Is Mobilized For Weddings To Beginwedding cupcake

by Ken Pierce

It isn't known how many same-sex couples are poised to rush down to the Sacramento County Clerk's Office, however if Wednesday is any indication there could be more then just a few dozen who spent the weekend ring shopping, buying flowers and ordering wedding cakes in anticipation of the possibility Judge Vaughn Walker who presided over the Federal Prop 8 Trial will lift the stay and allow those couples to apply for a marriage license.

If you go to the Sacramento County Clerks Office web site you will see highlighted in bright yellow the following statement: "Prop 8 Ruling – Until the ruling on Proposition 8 is entered, it is not in effect. The court has stayed entry pending consideration of a motion to stay the ruling while it is appealed. As a result, the County Clerk/Recorder may not yet issue licenses to same-sex couples."

With Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and State Attorney General Jerry Brown as well as other governmental entities such as the City and County of San Francisco (Mayor Johnson and the City of Sacramento has been silent on this issue so far) filing a Memorandum to Oppose continuing the stay, anti-Prop 8 supporters have high hopes the Judge will strike down the stay and will allow the issuing of marriage licenses to begin.

It is uncertain, even if it is lifted, how soon same-sex couples will be allowed to fill out the long-awaited and hard-fought paperwork that gives them the right to join the already 18,000 married same-sex couples to legally marry in the State of California. Attorney General Brown has indicated he will call for an immediate issuing of licenses as soon as Judge Walker lifts the order and enters the judgment.wedding cup cakes

The leadership of Equality Action Now, a Sacramento grassroots civil rights organization who has been on the forefront of the mobilization of the Sacramento region's LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex) community and their allies met Sunday evening to plan their next mobilization effort – the support of all same-sex couples and straight couples who have vowed not to marry until their gay friends and family members can do so legally, at the Downtown County Clerks Office (600 8 Street, Sacramento, CA 95814), if and immediately when Judge Walker lifts the stay.

Tina Reynolds, co-founder of Equality Action Now and the membership are calling on the community to help supply newly weds with white balloons, flowers and wedding (cup) cake. Please take any wedding supplies outside the Downtown Clerks Office and a volunteer will direct you to where they should go, on the day the stay is lifted.

EAN is also contacting officials who are able to perform marriage ceremonies to any couple showing up at the Downtown Office and would like Wedding supply companies and services (Limo, cake, balloons, wedding veils, coat and ties, etc) who will surely benefit long-term from this decision to donate, the day the stay is lifted, their goods and services.

Also, the organization is asking supporters who participate outside at the Clerks Office to have all signage simply read: LOVE. Some services may be conducted on the west steps of the State Capitol Building. There may be some surprise well known officials lending their services.

While the organization would like to cover all regional County Clerks Offices, with limited resources they decided to focus on the Downtown Office. You are encouraged to help support those who will be showing up at other offices region-wide with flowers, balloons, cake, and a cheer as each of them exit the office with marriage license in hand.

For more information: Equality Action Now: www.equalityactionnow.org - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - 916.446.1082


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