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Monday, May 25, 2009

With Prop 8 Decision Looming, Portlanders Organize for Tuesday Rally

Posted by Stephen Marc Beaudoin on Mon, May 25, 2009 at 8:09 AM

The buzz has been building for weeks, and now it's confirmed: the California Supreme Court might will be issuing their ruling on the legality of California's Proposition 8 - which stripped California same-sex couples of the legal right to marry which had been afforded them only months before - as early as this Tuesday, May 26.

Well! It turns out a new national grassroots movement has already formed, and is ready to spring into action as soon as the Supreme Court's decision is announced this week Tuesday... Portland, say hello to "Day of Decision!"

"Day of Decision" is organizing nearly 100 rallies across the U.S. and Canada Tuesday night, though the purpose is still unclear: if the Court overturns Prop 8, there will be cake and celebration! And it the Court upholds it, there could be throngs of angry queers taking to the streets.

Portland's "Day of Decision" event is going down Tuesday, May 26 from 6 pm onward at the water fountain at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 SW Naito Parkway, and is organized by a local lesbian couple who simply go by Amanda and Lena (they declined to provide further identification). When asked by e-mail why they were organizing the Portland rally, they responded:

This is our first time organizing something like this so please bare [sic] with us. The main reason we wanted to do this was to let the nation hear our voices and have everyone come together for the greater good. And yes, we are planning on starting between 6 and 630pm Tuesday.

More details on the planned rally, and interviews with the rally's organizers, as soon as we've got them.

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