By Ron Flynn
Alice Board, Co-Chair
What a week!
On Wednesday June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court wrote that granting of marriage equality “is a far-reaching legal acknowledgement of the intimate relationship between two people, a relationship deemed by the State worthy of dignity in the community equal with all other marriages.” It went on to strike down DOMA as an unlawful attempt to take that dignity away. Wow.
On the same day, the Court effectively eliminated Prop 8, so that California could rejoin the States that afford such dignity to us. Wow.
On Friday, June 28, the Ninth Circuit lifted the stay of the injunction that Judge Walker had entered – requiring the State to stop enforcing Prop 8. Hours later, same sex couples were marrying again – including Sandy Stier and Kris Perry, and Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami. Wow.
On Saturday, June 29, Prop 8 Proponents, actually asked the Supreme Court to allow the discrimination against us continue. Wow – in an obscene way.
On Sunday morning, June 30, the Supreme Court slapped down the request and allowed marriages to continue. And over 670 people gathered at Alice’s largest breakfast ever to celebrate! Wow. Wow. Wow.
Members of the United States Congress, the Attorney General of California, the State Superintendent of Education, the State Insurance Commissioner, members of the California Senate and Assembly, the Mayors of three Bay Area cities, the former San Francisco Mayor, and almost every San Francisco elected official. Tons of Commissioners, many who are or were on the Alice Board, including former Alice Co-Chairs. The American Foundation for Equal Rights and the four Perry plaintiffs. And, in my biased opinion, one of the hardest working and best volunteer boards in town made it all possible. It was the “who’s who” of LGBT and Democratic politics.
More importantly it was the “who’s who” of the LGBT Community and our allies. You see, Alice works hard to elect Democrats. Not just any Democrats, Democrats who commit to treat us as equals. We have done that for years and will continue to do so. It matters. Electing Democrats allowed the Governor and the Attorney General to stand up for what was right and refuse to appeal Judge Walker’s decision. Every block we walked. Every phone call we made. Every ad we place. It all made a difference. And on Pride Sunday, our Community, including our straight allies, gathered at the Alice Breakfast to celebrate our victory – our dignity!
And then we marched!
Finally, a huge thank you to all of our Breakfast sponsors and a huge congratulations to Lisa Williams and Lou Fischer who not only serve on the Alice Board and helped with the fabulous Breakfast, but are on the SF Pride Board, and pulled off an amazing Pride Parade and Festival!