Supporters from Across Boundaries Unite at Rally
Today, the California Supreme Court ruled to uphold its ban on same-sex marriages in the state. The court did rule in favor of allowing the 18,000 that did marry last year to have their marriages remain. In Richmond, tonight at 6 p.m. a crowd of roughly forty locals gathered in front of the Federal Courthouse at 7th & East Broad Street in to show their support of gay marriage.
After a speech from Rev. Warren Hammonds, Rev. Gorsline of the Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond asked if there were any couples in the crowd. A young lesbian couple spoke up, saying that they had been together for one year, eight months. Another lesbian couple spoke up. Known each other 35 years. A couple for 11. Two gay men. Thirty-seven years together. A father spoke up on behalf of his son who had been in a committed relationship. Twenty-four years.
“This is part of our story. We need to tell people who we are,” Gorsline said. “Whether or not it is recognized, we are married.”
Gorsline did address the size of the crowd. “I’m glad to see you all tonight, but we could have done a lot better.”
Several community leaders spoke including Join the Impact organizer Roland Winston. He asked the crowd to help spread the word to the community to support political leaders that are fighting for equality. Senator Donald McEachin made an appearance to rally the crowd.
During Gorsline’s remarks, he left the crowd with the following – “Love has not been denied. Love will not be deterred.”
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