Prop. 8 Day of Decision – Tues., May 26, 2009

Here’s the Media Advisory I’ll send out on Monday…spread the word! We need your support! Thanks!

Day of Decision Media Advisory:

For Immediate Release: Monday, May 25, 2009

For more information: Thom Vernon,
416-807-5260 Toronto contact,

California Supreme Court Says It Will Issue Prop 8 Decision
Tuesday, May 26th
Gay Protests or Celebrations in Toronto Tuesday Night

Location: United States Embassy, 360 University Ave. Toronto, ON

Map to US Embassy, Toronto, ON


Last week, the California Supreme Court announced that tomorrow -Tuesday, May 26th- it will issue its ruling on whether or not to uphold the anti-gay Proposition 8. At issue is not only whether 18,000 same sex-marriages would be annulled, but whether or not a whole subsection of the population will be thrust back into legal inequality.

There are many exiles in Toronto who have fled the lack of legal same-sex relationship protections which have been granted in Canada. The goal is to recognize the struggle of these “Love Exiles” but also to voice support for those relationships trying to survive in the US and elsewhere.


Since March, gay activists around the globe have been planning actions for the night the California Court announces its decision. On November 8, 2008 over 150 Torontonians, including many “Love Exiles” staged a protest against Proposition 8 in front of the US Embassy. If the court upholds Proposition 8 in whole or part, activists vow energetic and angry protests in more than 50 cities. If the Court throws out Proposition 8, the activists plan celebrations with the aim of spreading the momentum of a California victory elsewhere.

The actions are being coordinated nationally through the website co-founded by Chicago gay activist Andy Thayer and pioneer national lesbian activist Robin Tyler of Los Angeles who, with her wife Diane Olson, was the first lesbian couple to file in the historic CA Marriage Equality Case, and are petitioners (plaintiffs) in the case brought before the CA Supreme Court to overturn Prop 8.

The court is expected to announce one of three likely decisions Tuesday, May 26th at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time:
1) Upholding the anti-gay Proposition 8 in full, including invalidating the 18,000+ same-sex marriages that were solemnized before the proposition’s passage last November 4th;
2) Upholding Proposition 8’s ban on all future same sex marriages, but allowing the 18,000 already conducted to stand; or,
3) Invalidating in its entirety Proposition 8’s discriminatory ban on same sex marriage.

Lesbian and gay activists would consider the upholding of Proposition 8 in whole or part (#1 and #2 above) to be a serious defeat to be met with angry protests. On the other hand, a complete invalidation of Proposition 8 would lend an immense boost to the already powerful momentum for equality provided by the recent wins for same sex marriage in Iowa and Vermont.

For more information or interviews on Day of Decision – Toronto, call Thom Vernon at 416-807-5260 (cell).

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~ by Thom on May 23, 2009.

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