March 5, 2009 – At the site of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Park, 845 N. Alameda St., many gathered to oppose Proposition 8 on the eve of the propositions arguments to be heard at the Supreme Court.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa came in support of the rally and undertook the responsibility to lead the recomittment ceremony in which married couples renewed their vows of love to each other.
“This represents the significance of what is going to take place tomorrow, but to those who oppose your right to marry, and are working day in and day out to make sure we never achieve full equality, let me say this: I believe in marriage equality with all my heart.” Villaraigosa said.
Since Proposition 8 passed, this particular question has been on the minds of Don Muller and Richard Ostlund, who have been together for 36 years, and made their union official last August.
“We were broken hearted and we were angry that they thought they could take our fundamental rights to the ballot box (last November) and revise the constitution,” Ostlund said. “We’re hoping the Supreme Court will see this is a revision of the constitution and that it should be overturned because it was not taken through both houses of the state and house legislature the way it should be.”
Other speakers included actor, comedian and journalist Alec Mapa, Richard Zaldivar director and founder of The Wall Las Memorias Project, Father Geoffrey Farrow and attorney Jenny Pfizer.
As the evening progressed so did the weather and many who had come out in opposition of the Proposition began to get wet but that did not dampen the crowd’s spirits. The song “Lean on Me” was sung.
Proposition 8 was passed Nov. 4, 2008 after a majority voted to define marriage as between a man and a woman. While the preliminary hearings will begin tomorrow, the final decision may take up to 90 days.