LANCASTER – Gay rights advocates will host a rally in Lancaster Wednesday to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court rulings this morning that essentially cleared a path for gay marriage to resume in California.
The “Rally in Support of Equality” starts at 6 p.m. on the corner of 15th Street West and Avenue K in Lancaster. The event is presented by the Antelope Valley Outreach Center to celebrate rulings made by the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday (June 26).
The high court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as between a man and a woman for the purpose of federal law and allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed under the laws of other states.
In United States v. Windsor, the U.S. Supreme Court declared Section 3 of the DOMA unconstitutional because it was “a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.” Read the full text of the ruling here. The ruling was supported by President Barack Obama, who tweeted immediately after the ruling, “Today’s DOMA ruling is a historic step forward for #MarriageEquality. #LoveIsLove”
In a win for gay rights supporters in California, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that California’s proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, and they declined to overturn the lower court’s striking down of the law. Read the full text of that decision here.
We will have local reactions from gay rights supporters after today’s “Rally in Support of Equality.”