Scott Marks 2:48 p.m., May 23
Gay-Marriage Proponents to Court
A collection of same-sex marriage advocates is set to appear in San Diego Superior Court this morning, petitioning for dismissal of charges against them. The group, which has been referred to as the “Equality 9,” was arrested and briefly detained last August for staging a sit-in at the County Clerk’s offices.
After Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the California’s Prop. 8 ban on same sex marriages was unconstitutional on August 4, 2010, it was announced that marriage licenses could be issued to same-sex couples as early as August 18. On the 16th, however, the U.S. Court of Appeals put an indefinite stay on the repeal of the ban imposed by voters in 2008.
Three days later, the 9 defied the stay and accompanied two same-sex couples in an attempt to obtain marriage licenses. Upon denial, they sat down and proceeded to occupy the Clerk’s office until forcibly removed around 9:30 a.m.
The group members, according to a March posting by Cecile Veillard, one of the 9, face up to 90 days in jail on charges stemming from the sit-in.