Big news – and a lot to digest, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will issue a ruling on the Perry v. Brown case challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8. tomorrow, Feb. 7 by 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. ET.

For a great primer on the case — its background and what has legally transpired so far, click over to MetroWeekly’s “Guide to Understanding What’s Happening” by Chris Geidner.

There will be a couple of press conferences held in the wake of the ruling by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the sponsors of the fed constitutional challenge to Prop 8.

  • A 10:30am PT press conference in Los Angeles at the Vibiana, 214 S. Main St., Los Angeles, 90012.  Speaking at the press conference will be plaintiffs’ attorneys Theodore B. Olson and David Boies; AFER Board President Chad Griffin; plaintiffs Kris Perry & Sandy Stier and Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo; and Dominick Zarrillo. This will be livestreamed.
  • A 5:00 p.m. PST press conference in San Francisco at The Julia Morgan Ballroom, Merchants Exchange, 465 California St., San Francisco, CA 94104. Speaking at the press conference will be plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel Theodore B. Olson; AFER Board President Chad Griffin; plaintiffs Kris Perry & Sandy Stier and Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo; Dominick Zarrillo; and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera.
  • A 5:00 p.m. PST community gathering at the Los Angeles City Hall Rotunda, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.  Attending the press conference will be Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, AFER Founding Board Members Dustin Lance Black and Rob Reiner, Courage Campaign, Equality California, Equal Roots Coalition, FAIR, Freedom to Marry, Jordan/Rustin Coalition, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, Latino Equality Alliance, Marriage Equality USA and others.

You can read the Ninth Circuit’s Advance Notice of Opinion Filing here. Journalist Karen Ocamb reports that West Hollywood Park will be a staging area for a rally in response to the ruling:

After hearing from speakers, participants will march down Santa Monica Blvd demanding equal rights now. West Hollywood Park is located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard in WeHo; the gathering starts at 5:30 next to the Abbey. The march begins at 6:00 and is expected to run until 9:00p. Parking is available in the structure next to the WeHo Library on San Vincente, just north of Melrose.

The rally and march are sponsored by: Love Honor Cherish, City of West Hollywood, NoH8, Marriage Equality USA, Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Lambda Legal, California Faith for Equality, Stonewall Democratic Club, Log Cabin Republicans of Los Angeles, GetEQUAL, Hollywood NOW (National Organization for Women), Christopher Street West, Ecumenical Catholic Church of Riverside, GLIvyN,, Equal Roots Coalition, and others.

The anti-gays will make their presence known as well; Catholics for a Common Good will be there.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding