“Tonight, We Celebrate. Tomorrow, We Work.”

Passing out Thank You Kris and Sandy posters on San Vincente and Santa Monica Blvd. for the rally.

Passing out Thank You Kris and Sandy posters on San Vincente and Santa Monica Blvd. for the rally. Kristin Perry and Sandy Stier were denied marriage contracts in Alameda. They sued the county clerk and various state officials.

Yeah, I know. That’s somewhat of a contradiction considering the fact that Pride weekend is riding its penis float all over North America and it’s basically going to be a three-day slut fest celebration. Nonetheless!

After Wednesday’s SCOTUS ruling that took down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and threw away the Proposition 8 case back to the lower court, I had basically barfed out the happiness. I felt nausea, for some reason. I got light headed. I really didn’t know if this was true. If it was true, then of course, I’d be happy. But Jesus Christ, DOMA?! STRUCK DOWN?!

I called my sista Natalie at 7:06 in the morning and told her. She practically had a shit storm too. Then when Prop. 8 was thrown out, we had a fit. We knew we had to get our asses to West Hollywood right away to see what was happening.

You have to understand why we’re freaking out about this. The first time I got to vote, I got to vote for Obama and I got to vote ‘NO’ on Proposition 8. Seeing the prop 8 measure win was heart wrenching because, hello, I’m gay. Natalie was hit with the double whammy. She watched both Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act go up in 1996. In retrospect, I could’ve seen the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 if only I cared about politics in kindergarten.

So there we were at San Vincente at 12:30 in the afternoon, roaming around with our video cameras and DSLRs, capturing and recording the festiveness, the happiness, the equality. I remember sitting bar side with Louis (a good friend of mine) and Natalie at the Abbey and in comes two women, holding a cardboard “JUST MARRIED” sign. The journalist in both Natalie and I jumped up and we snatched the opportunity to interview them. Long story short, our hearts were warmed.

“I think I’m going to keep her forever,” said Megan Cavanagh, who played Marla Hooch in A League of Their Own. She smiled at her wife Ann Chamberlain. They married before Proposition 8 was passed, but according to Chamberlain, “it feels like we just got married.” I practically died.

As the day rolled on, the rally on San Vincente started. A chorus of cheers filled the air as banners and flags colored the skies. Lots of hot men too. There was a sense of unity. We were all there to celebrate one of many battles against bigotry – and we won a historic one. It was especially nice to see Tracy and Maggie Cooper Harris up on stage and speak. 🙂

But in that same sentiment, there are still battles that the LGBT community and their allies have to battle. Many of those who spoke at the rally, including the plaintiffs, the lawyers, and community leaders, spoke about the Voting Rights Act of 1965, reaching out to veterans, and the constant struggle of women nationwide.

“Tonight we celebrate, tomorrow we work.” That was the recurring theme of Wednesday and it couldn’t have been any more truer. But again – tonight we celebrate, tomorrow, the real grunt work begins.


About neilprotacio

Freelance journalist who just so happens to know what goes well with certain breads.
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