There are a couple of other cases going federally as well, regarding domestic partnership benefits of federal employees. I'm not completely up on that case, only knowing it arises out of San Francisco (attorneys, appellate court, or something to that effect) and involves two same-gender couples. Federally, it won't work unless DOMA is repealed and there are enough justices on the bench to consider it, otherwise we are doomed for a long time.
The rally last night in Sac was really good, we had some awesome speakers. But to get this done we ALL have to get off our butts and get to work. So many people are relying on the thought that eventually it will happen. But eventually it may not happen if we don't want it bad enough. Again, the rally was great but why 1,000 and not 10,000??? I know there were rallies all over the state. It will be interesting to see how big the Fresno rally is this saturday. I've got a seat on the Sac bus to Fresno!! (Are you going Austin, if so let me know - maybe we can meet!?)
In the aftermath of yesterday, there are a lot of articles - newspaper, on-line, etc. - with the Prop 8 supporters saying how 2008 was our best shot in CA to pass marriage equality (of course they call it gay marriage) and we will not win in 2010 or 2012. They say attitudes are changing, more and more people are realizing that 'traditional' marriage (whatever that is) between a man & woman is the best and changing their attitudes. Stating how polls are showing approval of gay marriage is slipping now and it would never pass. Etc. It's very important to know what they are saying but not to listen. Don't buy into the negativity because their hope is, if they can take away ours, then they will keep winning for a while. So close your heart to that crap!
The work needed remains a grass-roots movement to (1) live out and proud, (2) talk to people, have those one on one discussions, (3) get our stories out and for those of us fortunate enough to be ready to tie the knot while we could to (4) live out and proud as a couple. We must show them, like those before us in Massachusetts, that the sky will not fall just because we are 'married'.
In hope, love, peace and solidarity for equality,
"Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation."
Coretta Scott King