San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral to march for marriage equality

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As part of continued efforts to have the Supreme Court end Proposition 8 and DOMA, the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco is organizing a demonstration on Monday to voice their solidarity for marriage equality.

The church said it was organizing the protest to “add our voices to the chorus” in calling on the Supreme Court to rule anti-marriage equality legislation was against American values.

“The Grace Cathedral group will meet at 6:15 p.m. in front of Bisou at 2367 Market Street,” the Cathedral’s website said in detailing how supporters could join the march.

The Supreme Court will hear two court cases this week that have the potential to radically transform the same-sex marriage debate.

On Tuesday, oral arguments begin over the case from California on whether Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, unfairly discriminates against gay people.

On Wednesday, oral arguments begin on whether or not the federal government has overreached its authority with the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that bars the federal government from recognizing state legislation that has legalized  same sex marriage.

The Court will hear whether or not the cases have infringed on the constitutional rights of United States citizens.

In the case of Proposition 8, the court will rule whether or not legislation passed by the majority of voters is unconstitutional because it has infringed on the rights of minorities. More specifically, it will address whether or not public voters had the authority to invalidate the marriage of thousands of Californians previous to the passage of Proposition 8.

In the case of DOMA, the court will have to decide whether or not the federal government has acted unconstitutionally in overreaching its powers to dictate policies to individual states. DOMA was signed into law in 1996 by both houses of Congress and President Clinton, and is used to prevent any federal benefits to same-sex married couples, even in states that recognize their marriage.

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