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.
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.
January 2009 – Prop 8 The Musical Live
May 2009- California Supreme Court Upholds 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.
February 2012 – Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Walker’s Ruling
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Walker’s decision.
June 2013 – Supreme Court Ruling There will be a rally today at 5:30 p.m. at Santa Monica and San Vicente.