Activities planned for capital as high court nears Prop. 8 ruling

Published: Thursday, Jun. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 21, 2013 - 7:44 am

Same-sex marriage advocates plan a slate of activities in Sacramento to coincide with the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

Organizers will host a news conference with leaders of Sacramento's gay and lesbian community at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the decision. The event will be at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, 1927 L St.

At 6 p.m. on the evening of the decision, a rally is planned on the west steps of the state Capitol, followed by a march from the Capitol to midtown Sacramento.

From 8 to 10 p.m., organizers plan another event with entertainment – either a celebration or protest, depending on the ruling. A location has not been announced.

The Proposition 8 case is one of two cases relating to gay marriage that the high court will rule on this month. The other challenges the Defense of Marriage Act's prohibition on extending federal benefits to same-sex married couples.

The court's ruling could come as soon as this morning. Other ruling dates include Monday or Thursday of next week. Opinions are pending on 14 cases as the court enters its final week of the session.

Call The Bee's Anita Creamer, (916) 321-1136. Follow her in Twitter @AnitaCreamer.

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