All amicus briefs in the Prop 8 case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, must be filed with the Supreme Court by the end of day tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 28. The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), which is sponsoring the Perry constitutional challenge to Prop 8, will tweet @AFER when notable briefs are filed. Additionally, AFER will post and hyperlink the briefs on their website – www.afer.org – once they are uploaded on the SCOTUS website. Please note – the AFER website is a treasure trove of information on the Prop 8 case.
John Aravois of AmericaBlog, meanwhile, is among those pressing the Obama administration to file an amicus brief in this case. He writes: While the President did file a brief the other day in the sister-case before the Supreme Court, challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bans legally-wed gay couples from receiving federal marriage benefits (among doing other things), he has so far not indicated a willingness to do so in the Prop 8 case. And both legal and political experts I’ve spoken to do not understand why not.
Members of Marriage Equality USA and California Faith for Equality have started making preparations for an action in concert with expected national demonstrations the day before the Supreme Court holds two hearings on marriage equality. On Tuesday, March 26, the Court will hear arguments in the Perry Prop 8 case; on Wednesday, March 27 they will hear arguments in the Windsor/DOMA case.
The planned action is set for Sunday, March 24th, starting at 5pm at the downtown LA federal courthouse. The next PLANNING meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 1st at Founders MCC (4607 Prospect Ave, LA, 90027). Please check March Marriage Los Angeles on Facebook for updates. For more info, email: firstname.lastname@example.orgOr call 323-669-3434.
The group planning the action is pictured above: Joseph Castillo (FMCC/Iglesia Communidad Metropolitan), Robin Tyler (activist and original plaintiff in In Re Marriage case), Lucia Chappelle (FMCC Social Justice Minister), Rev. Jerrell Walls (Christ Chapel of the Valley), Diane Olson (activist and original plaintiff in In Re Marriage case), and Nestor Lemus (Occupy LA Queer Affinity activist).
California Faith for Equality is participating in a national weekend campaign called “Breakthrough2Love” and more actions are expected during the hearings on the 26th and 27th. Marriage Equality USA and Get Equal have a national map of all planned events at Light the Way to Justice. Cleve Jones also has info at National Equality Action on Facebook.