Thursday, April 02, 2009

NYC rally on Vermont and Iowa same-sex marriage decisions

Because California and New York are not the only states that matter when it comes to the ongoing battle to insure that same-sex couples have the right to marry, it's good to point out that there are imminent decisions from Vemont and Iowa on the issue.

In Vermont, the state Senate already approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage and today it's the state House's turn. As I write, the Burlington Free Press is livestreaming the House floor debates (here) and a vote that could potentially grant same-sex Vermonters the right to marry might come tonight.

Vermont Governor Jim Douglas has vowed to veto it if it reaches his desk but a 2/3rds majority vote of support for the bill would make it veto-proof.

In the meantime, tomorrow is Iowa's turn as that state's Supreme Court will be releasing its decision on same-sex marriages. If the Iowa Supreme Court votes in favor of same-sex marriage, it will make Iowa the first Midwest state to approve same-sex marriages

New York City rally (Friday, April 3, 2009): Regardless of which side the Vermont legislature or the Iowa Supreme Court fall upon, a New York City rally is being organized in response to be held tomorrow at Union Square (gathering on the South Side). It will be held from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

The rally is being organized by a direct group called Civil Rights Front which is described as "an all inclusive, direct action group working towards marriage equality and full civil rights for the LGBTQ community."

Recently, they incorporated members of the local chapter of Join the Impact, which was the leading force behind the national rallies that followed the Prop. 8 vote in California. The groups decided to join forces earlier this month. They are calling for your support by showing up tomorrow and passing the information to others.

For information on Civil Rights Front, on tomorrow's rally or on future actions, please visit the following:

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