Candlelight March, Gay Marriage Equality

Saturday, December 20 2008
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

North County Faire Shopping center
272 East Via Rancho Parkway
Escondido, CA

DECEMBER 20, 2008 | 5PM


On December 20th, we ask that you join us again for a nation-wide demonstration that will make an impact on the private sector. Candlelight vigils will be held at commercial centers in cities across the country in remembrance of the rights that once were for 18,000 marriages, and in honor of the rights that one day will be again - for EVERYONE.

Escondido event:
North County Faire, Escondido. Directly off Interstate 15, Via Rancho Parkway exit. Exact gathering spot to be announced soon. Bring your own candles.

Directions, Parking:
Directly off Interstate15, Via Rancho Parkway exit. Main (South) Entrance next to Wells Fargo/Nordstrom's S. face (between parking markers M1 and M2) You can park in less crowded P section by JC Penney and take stairs down.

Perfect Time, Perfect Venue

The major shopping center, five days before Christmas. Our cause will receive high visibility.

For more information, contact:
Jennifer Schumaker

Today’s Prop 8 vigils target Obama, Warren

by Patrick Range McDonald
December 19, 2008 9:06 AM
Article Source LA DAILY

Join the Impact, an Internet-based grassroots group that organizes national protests against Proposition 8, will host candlelight vigils in Los Angeles and other cities to denounce the passage of Prop. 8 and Obama's tone-deaf decision to ask Rick Warren to lead his inauguration's invocation. Warren is an Orange County evangelical minister who was a loud and influential supporter of the "Yes on 8" campaign, which successfully took away the right for gay and lesbian couples to marry in the Golden State.
(Photo from Huffington Post)
   "If we truly are an equal and free country," says Amy Balliet, founder of Join the Impact, in a press release, "then everyone would have the same legal protections. Until then, our lack of rights leads to a second class status. This event will shed light on our struggle and bring the conversation of equality to the dinner table this holiday season."

Barack Obama, who has been hammered by straight and gay bloggers, activists, and political pundits, will become the focus of this conversation on Saturday, December 20, at 5 p.m., when protesters will take to the streets at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. 

On Facebook, there are already more than 700 confirmed protestors for the Hollywood and Highland event, and another vigil will take place in Silver Lake at the Vista Theater. Join the Impact has also organized protests in San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C., and other cities, with the Warren controversy becoming a central rallying point.

Obama, who made few campaign stops in California and saw little of the Prop. 8 battle in person this summer and fall, still defended himself as a "fierce advocate" for gay rights at a Chicago news conference last night.  He does not appear to be backing away from his choice of Warren.

This major political goof, though, may not be such a bad thing for the gay community. Intent on making sure Obama comes through on his campaign promises to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the Defense of Marriage Act, power gays now have a solid gold bargaining chip for quick action, with a whole bunch of angry gays and lesbians to back them up.  The newest chant on the streets, in fact, can already be heard: "Seize the Day!"

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