Another blue sky day in West Hollywood, but it was unlike any other.
|Proposition 8 plaintiff Paul Katami addresses the large crowd in West Hollywood.|
On June 26, one day before the forty-fourth anniversary of the historic Stonewall riots in New York City, queer Americans in the Los Angeles area and across the country celebrated two U.S. Supreme Court rulings that told the world the undeniable fact that we are first-class citizens.
Rev. Neil Thomas, senior pastor at the Metropolitan Community Church in Los Angeles, told L.A. Weekly at the rally, "Within 25 days, we will have marriage equality in California, and DOMA is gone across the country. It's a major victory that will have a wide-sweeping effect."
We actually didn't need nine black-robed justices in Washington D.C. to tell us that we are valid, beautiful, and worthy of equality -- and thousands of queer folks of every age and color showed up in West Hollywood to bear witness to those truths.
But the striking down of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8 was a king-sized message to those who still cling to the obsolete notion that we are something else. More »