Hundreds rally for same-sex marriage in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO — A crowd rallied outside the Federal Courthouse Monday evening in downtown San Diego in support of same-sex marriage.

The rally comes just a day before the U.S. Supreme Court takes up California’s Proposition 8.  On Wednesday, the justices will consider the Defense of Marriage Act.

Event organizer Sean Sala said the issue is simply about whether gays and lesbians can have the same freedoms as others.

“This is not an attack on anybody’s religious freedom,” said Sala. “This is not us forcing our views on anybody. We quite simply want to have the same rights that you do. Our Constitution says that we should, so the Supreme Court needs to do the right thing.”

San Diego Unified School Board member Kevin Beiser attended the rally with his partner of eight years, Dan Mock.

“The rainbow of history always bends toward social justice and so we’re very hopeful,” said Beiser. “But we want to make sure that they hear our voice.”

gay marriage picMock added, “The world is changing day by day.”

For partners Christi Osmers and Sally Hall the issue comes down to healthcare. Hall is uninsured.

“I’ve been employed at my job for 15 years,” said Osmers. “I’m a registered nurse and to not be able to provide that for my partner, because I can’t marry her is just crazy.”

The rally didn’t end at the courthouse. Supporters made their way to the 1st Street Bridge where they held a sign over the freeway reading “No DOMA, No hate.” It’s a message they hope spreads not just across San Diego, but all the way to Washington.

Another rally is taking place at the Federal Courthouse on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. The “Marriage Rally” is being put on by those on the other side of this issue. A website for the rally reads, “We will stand united to support marriage, religious liberty, and the right of every child to have a mom and a dad.”

6 comments

  • Sean Bohac

    All major civil rights victories in the Supreme Court are preceded by a loud movement of the people. San Diego made a good showing tonight with a voice loud and clear demanding an end to these last four years of state sponsored discrimination. End DOMA and dump Prop 8!

  • Don't trust 'em

    The good people of California voted. Prop 8 passed, if the sublime court overturns prop 8. Then we the people no longer has a voice! It matters none on a simple vow, the gay agenda is more than just marriage equality. It's all about there freakish way of life. This will be seen in the very near future!

    Good luck with your freakish ways, gays!

    Just give my kids the joy of the rainbow back and the feeling of being gay ("happy") without being a queer!

    • ani

      So, I'm going to give you a little grammer coaching, okay…there should be spelled their in your sentence, "it's all about there freakish way of life." Maybe you should take an English class before you begin a public diatribe against people who are merely different than you.

  • James

    I'm all for State's Rights… but when it EXPANDS freedom; not limits it. If the Federal government wants to have heavy-handed policies against guns/drugs/whatever and the state does not, fine. But when the state wants to up the ante and enforce things beyond national standards, that's when I have a problem.

    This is supposed to be a republic, not a democracy. There is a reason Ben Franklin said, "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."

    Laws must protect everyone equally, whether they are in the majority or minority.

  • guest

    Anyone who thinks this is just about marriage is a fool. It is about indoctrination. Have you looked at Massachusettes lately?

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