Friday, August 19, 2011
A group calling itself "Equality Nine" is holding a protest today at the San Diego County Courthouse. They were arrested one year ago, shortly after a federal court ruled Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. They say the charges are bogus.
Nine people, including Sean Bohac of San Diego Alliance For Marriage Equality, were arrested at the San Diego County Clerks office one year ago Friday.
It was shortly after a federal court ruled California's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. Proposition 8 supporters appealed that ruling. Soon after, a "stay" was issued, meaning it was still illegal for same-sex couples to wed in California.
Bohac and others joined gay couples at the clerk's office hoping to get a marriage license. But when the clerk refused, they started protesting and were arrested.
"We were engaged in constitutionally-protected free speech. We were in public property, we had a right to be there and had a right to have a chance to make people aware we were angry about having our rights curtailed," Bohac said.
Nine people are facing two misdemeanors each and possible jail time. A court hearing today will determine if the charges will stand.