Democratic state Sen. Karen Peterson and her longtime partner, Vikki Bandy, both 63, exchanged vows in front of about 35 friends and supporters in a county clerk’s office, converting their civil union into a legally recognized marriage.
This afternoon the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit lifted its stay of the Federal District Court decision that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional. The plaintiffs who successfully challenged California’s Proposition 8 in Hollingsworth v. Perry, including Plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, will be the first to marry
"The LGBT community needs to know that there is a familiar place to worship, and that no matter where they are on life's journey, they are welcome at Mt. Zion," said the Rev. Detra Evans, pastor of Cleveland's Mt. Zion Congregational Church UCC and participant in Cleveland Pride. "Our members love to love, and the community needs to be loved."
GLAAD's Acting President, Dave Montez, addressed the New York marriage rally, cheering these victories, but also pointing to the remaining work to be done. In case you missed it, here are his comments.
To help provide perspective on this momentous day and its implications, all LGBT families and allies are invited to attend a special service of reflection and hope at Washington National Cathedral tonight, June 26, at 7 pm.