Monday, January 12, 2009
The Daily Reflector
Saturday, January 10, 2009
About a dozen people gathered near the corner of Evans Street and Greenville Boulevard to protest legislative actions that have reversed gay marriages in some states, most recently in California, a rally leader said.
“It's not a gay or straight issue; it's a constitutional issue,” said Georgia Winfree, rally leader and a singer with local band Someone's Sister.
In 2008, California passed Proposition 8 that reversed recognition of gay marriages in that state's constitution. In 1996, the federal Defense of Marriage Act instituted a ban on federal recognition of gay marriages in individual states and allowed states to ignore gay marriages from other states.
“We just want people to think about how they would feel if they woke up and found that the marriage they had to someone they loved was no longer valid,” Winfree said.
“It is, perhaps, ironic in an age when, across the country, police cameras capture and ticket red-light-runners, and many traffic stops are videotaped from the dashboard of a squad car. “Well, all of a sudden when the shoe is on the other foot, it’s, ‘Wait, wait, there’s an intrusion of the wiretap act,’” says Paul Hetznecker, a Philadelphia civil rights lawyer.