Marriage Equality USA has just received word that Judge Walker’s decision on lifting the stay will be issued tomorrow morning, Thursday – August 12th from 9am to 12pm.
If Judge Walker lifts the stay, it is likely it will be appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. At the 9th Circuit, it would be reviewed by a 3-person panel and their decision could be appealed to the full 9th Circuit and eventually the US Supreme Court. But because the US Supreme Court is not in session until October, the decision about lifting the stay would be appealed to the Justice in charge, which for the 9th Circuit is Justice Kennedy. We are witnessing history and it is crucial that as we continue to move through the courts, we must build support with the court of public opinion and provide a human face to this issue.
So, Marriage Equality USA’s Media Department is looking for same-sex couples who would like to marry if the stay is lifted. There may be a window of opportunity tomorrow morning for same-sex couples to marry if Judge Walker lifts the stay. If you can are interested in getting married and in particular, getting married tomorrow if that opportunity exists, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can provide your contact information to local reporters if called.
Whatever the decision, we need to continue to share our stories – with our friends, neighbors, and co-workers and with the local media – through interviews and letters to the editor.
Together we can work to ensure everyone will eventually live their happily ever afters
Founded in 1998, Marriage Equality USA is a national grassroots organization whose mission is to secure legally recognized civil marriage equality for all, at the federal and state level, without regard to gender identity or sexual orientation. For more information go to www.marriageequality.org