Coachella Valley Marriage Equality Coalition Press Release Coachella Valley Marriage Equality Coalition, the Desert Pride Community Center and Equality California Sponsor Town Hall April 28 Palm Springs, April 20, 2009 The Coachella Valley Marriage Equality Coalition, the Desert Pride Center and Equality California are co-sponsoring a Town Hall meeting at Desert Pride Community Center on Tuesday April 28, from 6-7:30 PM. This is one of a series of nine Town Halls around California in anticipation of the Supreme Court decision regarding Prop 8. The meeting will include updates from Prop 8 legal experts and an open discussion on the future of the marriage equality movement. Guest speakers include Attorney Shannon Minter, who argued before the California Supreme Court for Prop 8 to be overturned and will describe the legal aspects of the court's decision, and Marc Solomon, former executive director of MassEquality, the organization that led the successful fight for marriage equality in Massachusetts. “It’s been my greatest honor to help protect marriage rights in Massachusetts,” said Solomon in a statement. “I’m excited to take the lessons we’ve learned to California, and I’m so pleased MassEquality will continue to help other states win marriage equality while advancing a full equality agenda in Massachusetts.” Minter said, “Proposition 8 jeopardizes not just the right of same-sex couples to marry, but the rights of all Californians to be treated as free and equal citizens of our state. Equal protection for all citizens is the hallmark of American democracy. If upheld, Prop. 8 would undermine that central, defining guarantee and the unprecedented freedom that it has enabled us to enjoy. That is what is at stake in this case. As legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, I have been honored to be a part of such significant case, not just for the LGBT community, but for all citizens of California.” The goal of the Coachella Valley Marriage Equality Coalition is to secure and enforce the constitutional right for Gay and Lesbian couples in California to marry; and to work towards securing those rights for all LGBT Americans. The Desert Pride Community Center is at 611 S. South Palm Canyon DR. in Palm Springs. The meeting is free and open to the public. Contacts: Vaishalee Raja, Communications Director, Equality California firstname.lastname@example.org or call 916.284.9187. Palm Springs: George W. Zander, CVMEC, email@example.com, or call 760.819.1556 and at www.desertnoh8.ning.com.
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