Prop. 8 ruling imminent; gay marriage advocates plan Sacramento events

acreamer@sacbee.comJune 19, 2013 

Opponents of California's Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, plan a slate of activities in Sacramento to coincide with the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on the ban's constitutionality. Organizers plan to host a news conference with leaders of Sacramento's gay and lesbian community at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the decision. The event will be held at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, 1927 L St., in Sacramento.

At 6 p.m. on the evening of the decision, a rally is planned on the west steps of the California State Capitol, followed by a march from the capitol to midtown Sacramento. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., organizers have planned another event with entertainment -- either a celebration or protest, depending on the outcome. A location hasn't yet been announced. The Proposition 8 case, called Hollingsworth v. Perry, is one of two cases relating to gay marriage that the high court will rule on this month. The other challenges the Defense of Marriage Act's prohibition on extending federal benefits to same-sex married couples.

The court's ruling could come as soon as Thursday. Other ruling dates include Monday or Thursday of next week. Opinions are pending on 14 cases, including Proposition 8, as the court enters its final week of session.

Call The Bee's Anita Creamer, (916) 321-1136. Follow her in Twitter @AnitaCreamer.

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