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Supreme Court Upholds Gay Rights!!!! (english)
26 Jun 2003
Supreme Court Defends Gay Rights!!!
The U.S. Supreme Court today struck down a Texas Law that made illegal the same sex relationships. Celebrations are expected in the LGBT Communities throughout the U.S.

An Attack On One Is An Attack On Us All.

Stand with your LBGT Brothers and Sisters.

Supreme Court Supports Gay Rights

Celebrations to Break Out Nationwide Tonight
Supreme Court Defends Gay Rights!!!
The U.S. Supreme Court today struck down a Texas Law that made illegal the same sex relationships. Celebrations are expected in the LGBT Communities throughout the U.S.

An Attack On One Is An Attack On Us All.

Stand with your LBGT Brothers and Sisters.

Supreme Court Supports Gay Rights

Celebrations to Break Out Nationwide Tonight

Today's Supreme Court decision striking down Texas's anti-gay "Homosexual Conduct Law" will cause celebrations by Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgendered people in at least 36 cities tonight, as activists plan to promote the full pro-gay implications of the court's decision. Here in Chicago, the celebration will be at 7 pm at the corner of Halsted & Roscoe Streets, sponsored by the Chicago Anti-Bashing Network.

Except for the protests around the death of Matthew Shepard, never before in the history of the gay movement have so many cities organized in so short of a time to do events around an issue. The 35 other cities holding celebratory rallies tonight include Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charleston-SC, Cleveland, Columbia-MO, Columbia-SC, Dallas, Detroit, Fairbanks, Ft. Lauderdale, Galveston-TX, Greenville-SC, Houston, Kansas City-MO, Lawrence-KS, Los Angeles/West Hollywood-CA, Madison-WI, Miami, Milwaukee, Myrtle Beach-SC, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Palm Springs-CA, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Richmond-VA, St. Louis-MO, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, Springfield-MO, Tucson, and Washington, DC.

Activists organizing the rallies say the events are critical to making sure the positive decisions of the Court are actually implemented. "We will take this pro-gay decision as the foot in the door with which we'll fight for our full equal rights - equal marriage rights as they have in Canada, equal employment rights in every state, equal access to health care, housing - - total equality under the law," said Robin Tyler, National Supreme Court Civil Rights Rally Co-coordinator. "We will take this victory and remain active in the streets to make sure the Court's ruling doesn't remain just a piece of paper."

Activists point to the lessons of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas as a cautionary tale on what comes next. "In '54 we had a brilliant decision, but it remained a dead letter because the racists in all levels of government stymied it," said Andy Thayer of the Chicago Anti-Bashing Network. "It was not the Court's decision which ultimately forced the desegregation of the nation's schools, it was the courageous activists in the Civil Rights Movement who began forcing the implementation of that decision in the early 1960s as their movement gained strength. We will not remain complacent in the face of today's victory. If anything, our work has just begun."

Besides being "one of the most important cases in the history of civil rights for lesbian and gay Americans," according to the San Francisco Chronicle, activists are gratified that today's decision goes beyond protecting the rights of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgendered people. "By striking down the Texas law on privacy grounds, the court has also provided an important buttress to pro-choice rights, which are increasingly under threat by the fundamentalist right," said Tyler.

For more information about tonight's event in Chicago, call 888.471.0874 or visit for a full list of activities happening around the nation. For background on the Texas case, visit .

The following is a list throughout the US.

ATLANTA: 6:00 - 6:30 pm - Join Lambda Legal & the Atlanta LGBT and allied community for a reception & refreshments, "Lick for Liberty," at Jakes Ice Creams & Sorbets, 970 Piedmont Ave (near 10th & Piedmont). 6:30-7:00pm rally (dinner available for purchase ). Free and open to the public. For more information, contact: Lambda Legal at 404-897-1880. Visit our web site at

AUSTIN, Texas: 6:30 pm - Celebrate or Speak Out in Republic Square Park with speakers from the LGBT community leaders and Texas lawmakers (past and present). Sponsored by the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas. Go to a special page of their new web site for more information about the rally: ... and also check out the home page of their new web site:

BOSTON: 6:30 pm - A protest or a celebration depending on what the court decides. Coley Square, Boston. Co-sponsored by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and, and the Freedom to Marry Coalition of MA ( For information: Thoppe (at) ph. Trevor Hoppe, (617) 492-6393 or or Milo200 (at)

CHARLESTON, South Carolina: 7 pm - Meeting at the offices of the Alliance for Full Acceptance, 1818 Elsie Drive. Co-sponsors: AFFA and the Lowcountry Gay and Lesbian Alliance

CHICAGO: 7 pm - Rally at the corner of Halsted & Roscoe. Co-sponsored by the Chicago Anti-Bashing Network and Equality Illinois / Contact: CABNstopthehate (at) / or 888.471.0874.

On Wednesday, June 25 the Autonomous Zone will sponsor a meeting on "The Most Important LGBT Court Decision of Our Generation," with CABN's Andy Thayer discussing the implications of the Court's decision. 7 pm, 2124 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago.

CLEVELAND: 5:30 pm - On the day of the decision, a protest or a celebration, depending on what the court decides, at Public Square in downtown Cleveland, sponsored by the Lesbian/Gay Community Center of Greater Cleveland. To be contacted about the event, please go to their website, Telephone: 216.651.LGBT, or toll-free: 888.GAY.8761 E-mail: info (at)

COLUMBIA, Missouri: 7 pm - On the day of the decision, meet at Lakota Coffeehouse at 24 South 9th Street. Sponsored by PROMO (Personal Rights Of Missourians), with brief remarks from Kylar Broadus of PROMO and the Human Rights Commission. For more information go to

COLUMBIA, South Carolina: 7 pm - Informational meeting at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 1108 Woodrow. Info: South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Pride Movement, 803.771.7713

DALLAS: 5:45 pm - Rally at the Main Parking Lot, John Thomas Gay & Lesbian Community Center, 2701 Reagan St. (at Brown). Speakers include: Lee Taft - South Central Regional Director, Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund; Roger Wedell - President, Dallas Gay & Lesbian Alliance; Hector Garcia - Texas Human Rights Foundation; Jane Dolkart - Professor, SMU School of Law; Hon. Terri Hodge - Texas House of Representatives; Erin Moore - DGLA-PAC & Human Rights Campaign Dallas Steering Committee; Steve Atkinson - Co-Chair, Lesbian and Gay Rights Lobby of Texas; Dennis Coleman - National Co-Chair, Human Rights Campaign Board of Governors; and, Dick Peeples - Local attorney & long-time activist in the repeal of 21.06. Info: call Lambda Legal, 214.219.8585

DETROIT: 6 pm, Federal Courthouse (231 West Lafayette). Sponsored by the Triangle Foundation. Info: 313.537.3323

FAIRBANKS, Alaska: 7 pm - Rally at the intersection of University Avenue and Geist. Sponsor: Midnight Sun United Church. For more information please call 907.456.2516 or e-mail FairbanksLT (at)

FT. LAUDERDALE, Florida area: 5:30 PM - On the day of the decision, rally outside the offices of The Express at 1595 Northeast 26th Street, Wilton Manors, at which time a number of community leaders will be asked to respond to the decision of the United States Supreme Court on whether to uphold the constitutionality of sodomy laws in America. For more information, go to

GALVESTON, Texas: 5 pm - On the day of the decision, rally in front of the county courthouse on 21st street. Organized by the Galveston Stonewall Democrats. For more information, e-mail Galveston (at)

GREENVILLE, South Carolina: 6:30 pm - Rally on the day of the decision in front of the Federal Court House in downtown Greenville. For more information e-mail SCPrideCenter (at) or call 803.771.7713

HOUSTON: 5 PM - On the day of the decision, a rally on the steps of City Hall (901 Bagby). Join John Lawrence and Tyron Garner (picture above) for this important occasion. Speakers will include Houston Mayor Lee Brown, GLBT leaders, lawyers, and other public officials. Info: contact Mitchell Katine at 713.981.9595 or at mkatine (at)

KANSAS CITY, Missouri: The Day of the Decision: The community should all meet at the Planet Cafe (3535 Broadway) from 4-8 to celebrate. The Following Monday Night: The community is encouraged to come and celebrate at Missie's B's (39th St. and Southwest Trafficway) with Flo and the gang! Sponsored by PROMO (Personal Rights Of Missourians), with brief remarks from Greg Razer of PROMO. For more information e-mail greg (at) or go to

LAWRENCE, Kansas: Queers & Allies of Kansas are sponsoring three events celebrating or decrying the decision handed down by the Supreme Court. On the Saturday following the decision, we will have a Speak Out forum that allows people to share their views on sodomy laws. Informational brochures will also be available. In addition, a "parade of information" will happen on Mass Street following the rally. During this parade of information we will hand out informative brochures to the citizens of Lawrence, KS, to educate them on sodomy. Finally, we will host a Freedom Celebration or Give Us Freedom party on July 2nd. This dance party will occur at Flanigan's Bar and Grill and will include informational brochures as well as free memorabilia commemorating the court's decision. If the court has yet to make a decision, the free memorabilia will be of a hopeful nature. Info: or, or contact Queers & Allies by e-mailing jimmiemanning (at)

LOS ANGELES/WEST HOLLYWOOD, California: 7 PM - On the day of the decision, rally at the West Hollywood Auditorium (the Auditorium is located on San Vicente between Santa Monica and Melrose). Event is co-sponsored by the Movement for Action and Accountability and the City of West Hollywood / Speakers will include attorney Jon Davidson from Lambda Legal, attorney Martha Matthews from the ACLU of Southern California, Assembly people Jackie Goldberg and Paul Koretz, the West Hollywood City Council, including Mayor Jeffrey Prang, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Rev. Troy Perry, moderator, UFMCC, Sheri A. Lunn, NGLTF, Rabbi Denise Egar, Kol Ami, Lori Jean, ED, Gay & Lesbian Community Service Center, Michael Weinstein, EDAids Healthcare Foundation, Tom Coleman, attorney, Movement for Action & Accountability, David Cruz, Law Professor, UCLA, rally organizer Ivy Bottini, co chair City of West Hollywood Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board, and Supreme Court Rallies National co-corordinator, Robin Tyler. Contact: Rally & press Ryan Gierach 323.650.2879 or Ryan.G (at) Press info: Ivy Bottini (323) 574-4407 or Irene71 (at) Fran Solomon, Deputy to Councilmember John Heilman, 323-848-6460 or e mail: fsolomon (at)

MADISON, Wisconsin: 5:30 pm - On the day of the decision, rally on the steps of the state capitol building. Sponsored by Outreach, the LGBT community center for south central Wisconsin, and Action Wisconsin, the statewide LGBT civil rights organization. For more details go to

MIAMI, Florida: 6:30-9:30 pm - Rally sponsored by SAVE Dade, at the American Legion Bar, 6445 NE 7th Avenue, Miami. For more information, please contact: Jacqueline Baker, 305.751.7283, GreenJacqueline (at),

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin: 5 pm - On the day of the decision, rally at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 315 West Court Street. Sponsored by the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center and the Center Advocates. For more information contact OutVote (at) or 414.271.2656, ext.119

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina: 7 pm - On the day of the decision, please attend an event at the Time Out Tavern in downtown Myrtle Beach. For more information please e-mail SCPrideCenter (at) or phone 803.771.7713.

NEW ORLEANS: 6 pm - On the day of the decision, rally at Lafayette Park (across from the federal court house). Speakers will include Mr. John Rawls, Esq., lead attorney on several lawsuits challenging Louisiana's "Crimes Against Nature" statute; Mr. Larry Bagneris, Executive Director, Human Relations Commission, City of New Orleans; and Mr. Christopher Diagle, Chairperson, Louisiana Lesbian and Gay Political Action Caucus. For more information e-mail Jack Carrel at jackcarrel (at), or Dexter Brecht at PSTRDEXTER (at)

NEW YORK: 7 PM - On the day of the decision, Sheridan Square (West 4th Street between Christopher and Grove) The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, in conjunction with the NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, is coordinating a celebration or protest rally in New York City at 7:00pm on the day the United States Supreme Court announces its decision in Lambda Legal's case challenging the Texas "Homosexual Conduct" law. Sponsored by NGLTF & Queers For Peace And Justice NYC. Info: QueersForPeaceAndJustice (at)

OKLAHOMA CITY: 7 pm - Stonewall Democrats of Central Oklahoma and GAYOKC.COM invite you to a rally at the Finishline at The Habana Inn in OKC. To keep updated go to GAYOKC.COM

PALM SPRINGS, California: 7 pm - Arenas Road. Sponsor: Stonewall Democrats of Palm Springs. For information: phone 760.320.5787 or e-mail info (at)

PHILADELPHIA: PLGTF Year 25 Equality and Justice Public Forum on the US Supreme Court's Decisions re: the Texas sodomy law and the Michigan Affirmative Action cases, 6 pm sharp to 8 pm, Monday, June 30, at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street (accessible, parking lots available). Join a conversation with Philadelphia legal scholars and practitioners about the Supreme Court's pending decisions. Presenters include: Phoebe Haddon, J.D., LL.M., Professor of Law, Temple University; Cletus P. Lyman, Esq., Principal, Lyman & Ash Immediate Past Chair, Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP); Seth Kreimer, J.D., Associate Dean and Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School. Light refreshments will be provided. For information: 215-241-7000 or 215 772-2000, or plgtf (at) and

PITTSBURGH: 5 pm - Sentator Santorum's office at 1 Station Square...if the Court votes "no" we will then snake march to the U.S. District Court building at Liberty & Grant. Co-sponsored by RESYST and the Rosenberg Institute for Peace and Justice. For information: David Meieran, 412.421.7716, dmeieran (at), or check out RESYST's web site,

RICHMOND, Virginia: 3 pm - Press conference at the Bell Tower at the Capitol. Info: Dyana Mason, Equality Virginia, 804.643.4816

ST. LOUIS, Missouri: 7 pm - On the day of the decision, join PROMO (Personal Rights Of Missourians) and others attending the celebration or protest at MoKaBe's, 3606 Arsenal, St. Louis (314.865.2009). Brief remarks from Julie Brueggemann of PROMO and Denise Lieberman of the ACLU. For more information, e-mail jeff (at) or

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah: 6 pm - On the day of the decision, a Rally at the Utah State Capitol Building, 325 N. State Street in Salt Lake City. Sponsored by Utah Lawyers for Human Rights (ULHR). For more information e-mail bardoi (at)

SAN FRANCISCO: 5 pm - Harvey Milk Plaza (Castro & Market Streets). Press conference and rally. Speakers will include: Tommi Avicolli Mecca, longtime queer activist with the Out Against the War Coalition; Tory Becker, LAGAI - Queer Insurrection; Sister Kitty Catalyst O.C.P. & Sister Dana Van Iquity leading a ritual blessing and kiss-in; Chris Daley, Transgender Law Center; Tina D'Elia, Hate Violence Survivors Project Director, Community United Against Violence; Paula Ettelbrick, Executive Director, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC); Calvin Gipson, board member SF LGBT Pride Committee; Robert Haaland, President, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club; Kate Kendell, Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights; Dr. Robert Lawrence, Notorious Bisexual; Dr. Carol Queen, Executive Director - Center for Sex & Culture, Good Vibrations; Jamez Smith, San Francisco-based poet; Beth Teper, Executive Director, Children Of Lesbians And Gays Everywhere (COLAGE); Jerry Threet, Lavender Greens; Hank Wilson, SURVIVE AIDS; Andy Wong, OUTfront Program, Amnesty International USA. Event co-sponsors include (list in formation): Organizations participating in the event include: Amnesty International USA, Beautiful Lips On Whistles (BLOW), Center for Sex & Culture, Good Vibrations, Children Of Lesbians And Gays Everywhere (COLAGE), Community United Against Violence, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), LAGAI - Queer Insurrection, QueerNet, a project of the Online Policy Group, SURVIVE AIDS, Transgender Law Center. For more information: 415.552.6031 or Mecca44 (at)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico: 5 pm - On the day of decision, rally on the steps of the capitol building.

SEATTLE, Washington: 5:30 pm - On the day of the decision, rally on the steps of the Federal Courthouse on 5th Avenue. Co-sponsors include Lambda Legal, the ACLU of Washington, the Seattle LGBT Community Center, Fairness Lobby and the Pride Foundation. Speakers include Jamie Pedersen of Lambda's national board; and Representatives Ed Murray and Joe McDermott. Info: jamiep (at)

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri: 7 pm - On the day of the decision, meet at the GLO Community Center. Sponsored by PROMO (Personal Rights Of Missourians). For more information go to

TUCSON, Arizona: 7 pm - A rally around the upcoming decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Lawrence v. Texas Supreme Court case will take place across the street from Wingspan LGBT Community Center, 300 E. 6th St. (in the parking lot of Muse). The rally is sponsored by Wingspan, the Arizona Human Rights Fund and the City of Tucson Commission on GLBT Issues. For more information contact (520) 624-1779 or visit

WASHINGTON, DC: 7 pm - Dupont Circle Park. Co-sponsored by Queers for Racial and Economic Justice & DC Radical Faeries / Contact: Jench1977 (at) or 301.277.1854
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