Timeline: WeHo Protests, Celebrations and Rallies in the Wake of Prop 8

Wed, Jun 26, 2013   By Stevie St. John   

It’s a West Hollywood tradition as entrenched as Sunday funday brunches. In the wake of big news, LGBT people from all over the area flock to WeHo to march and to rally, to celebrate or protest. As the fight for marriage equality has marched forward — and backward — in the Golden State, this proud WeHo tradition has continued.

Here’s a look at WeHo marches, rallies and protests in which LGBT and allied people have gathered in recent years to show support for marriage rights for same-sex couples:

May 2008 – Celebrating the California Supreme Court Ruling

The same-sex marriages that took place during San Francisco’s “Winter of Love” in 2004 were later invalidated—but the resulting court case led to the state Supreme Court’s historic 2008 decision striking down California’s ban on same-sex couples getting hitched. Of course, the LGBT community celebrated in WeHo.

June 2008 – Going to the Chapel (or Park)

Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples, including actor George Takei and Brad Altman, queued up in West Hollywood on June 17, the first day they could get marriage licenses. Many tied the knot that very day in West Hollywood Park.

Brad Altman and George Takei.

Brad Altman and George Takei.

November 2008 – Prop 8 Passes

Just six months after the celebratory cake was cut, the passage of Prop 8 dealt a major blow to proponents of marriage equality. The night following Election Day, thousands of people marched in protest in West Hollywood and Hollywood.

Later that month, a protest rally took place at Los Angeles City Hall.

Protesters at Los Angeles City Hall in November 2008.

Protesters at Los Angeles City Hall in November 2008.

January 2009 – Prop 8 The Musical Live

On January 10, 2009, people in many U.S cities protested the “Defense of Marriage Act.” The West Hollywood protest included a live performance of Prop 8: The Musical, a popular Funny Or Die video.

May 2009- California Supreme Court Upholds Prop 8

A legal challenge to the validity of Prop 8 was rejected by the state Supreme Court.  Naturally, WeHo rallied.

A protest in WeHo followed the state Supreme Court's decision upholding Prop 8,

A protest in WeHo followed the state Supreme Court’s decision upholding Prop 8,

August 2010 – Justice Vaughn Walker Rules Against Prop 8

“Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples,” wrote Judge Vaughn Walker, who ruled that the measure was unconstitutional.

A celebration following a ruling against Prop 8 in 2010.

A celebration following a ruling against Prop 8 in 2010.

February 2012 – Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Walker’s Ruling

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Walker’s decision.

Rodney Scott, Ivy Bottini, Jeff Prang and John Duran at a February 2012 rally.

Rodney Scott, Ivy Bottini, Jeff Prang and John Duran at a February 2012 rally.

June 2013 – Supreme Court Ruling There will be a rally today at 5:30 p.m. at Santa Monica and San Vicente.

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About Stevie St. John

Stevie St. John, a freelance writer and publicist, is the editor of www.SpectrumLosAngeles.com.

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