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.”
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.”