Freedom to Marry Week courtesy of garychapelhill.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Freedom To Marry Week – 4 things YOU can do to help

  1. Ask for a Marriage License – Feb 12 thru 14
    Come support couples seeking licenses and share your story about why you support marriage equality.
    Since 2001, Marriage Equality USA® has engaged in annual marriage counter actions to render visible the discrimination that is enforced every day.   Click here for the nationwide list of action events – or check out the chapter pages for more information in your local area.
  2. Attend the CA State Capitol Rally – Feb 16th
    Love and Marriage is a statewide community rally on Presidents Day Monday, February 16th from noon to 3pm where people from all over the state will join us on the steps of the Capitol to show our solidarity for the rights of 18,000 same-sex couples who were married and look forward to the day when those rights are available again, this time for everyone. Attendees are encouraged to come wearing white, leave seeing red. Celebrities, speakers, entertainment and thousands of like-minded people will attend. Co-sponsored by Equality Action Now, California Outreach, Marriage Equality USA, Equality California and many others. http://www.equalityactionnow.org/events.php#loveAndMarriage
  3. Join the Equality California Lobby Day (Feb 17th)
    On Tuesday, February 17, register and join activists from across the state for a legislative lobby day at the
    California State Capitol. The lobby day will bring together diverse community organizations and leaders from across the state for a day of coordinated advocacy and activism to support Senator Lenos SR 7 and Assemblyman Ammianos HR 5 that would put the Legislature on the record opposing Prop 8 as an invalid revision of the CA Constitution. Register at http://www.eqca.org/site/pp.asp?c=kuLRJ9MRKrH&b=4948341
  4. Watch this Video
    Visit the Courage Campaign’s
    Website and tell the Supreme Court to invalidate Prop 8, reject Ken Starr’s case, and let loving, committed couples marry. DEADLINE: Valentine’s Day  

 

 

The latest report from New York City:

Hundreds of same-sex couples seeking to wed were turned away from the city marriage bureau Thursday, part of a nationwide protest aimed at recent decisions restricting the right to marry to a man and a woman.

Wearing signs that said “Just Not Married,” the activists were part of a wave of demonstrations expected throughout the day at marriage bureaus or county clerks’ offices from New York City to California, in communities large and small…

The protests, part of the 12th annual Freedom to Marry Week, were considered more important than ever this year because they come in the wake of California’s Proposition 8 vote that overturned gay marriage and just as New Yorkers look to their state Senate to pass legislation that could lead to legalized gay marriage…

In New York, same-sex marriages cannot legally be performed. However, Gov. David Paterson has issued a directive requiring that all state agencies recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.

Please do something, anything, this week to show that you support marriage rights for ALL Americans. Thank you.

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