Last Tuesday and Wednesday, thousands of LGBT people and their allies rallied on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., as the nation's highest court considered two cases on marriage equality. But amid all the excitement, undocumented and transgender activists say they were told to keep quiet. The coalition of LGBT organizations hosting the rally has since issued an apology.
The pro-equality rally was organized by the United for Marriage Coalition, which includes the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Family Equality Council, GetEqual, Marriage Equality USA, and the New Organizing Institute. In a press release, the coalition touts its numerous speakers from the LGBT community and allies within the labor, women's, civil rights, faith, and immigrant communities. But the same release also acknowledges some less -than inclusive treatment at the hands of organizers.