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Equality Nine Vow To Keep Fighting

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Aired 6/27/11

Equality Nine Vow To Keep Fighting
JUNE 27 BY ERIK ANDERSON

— The court case began when the nine people showed up for marriage appointments at the county clerk's office late last summer. Several same sex couples made appointments after Proposition 8 was overturned by a federal judge. But the decision was put on hold before their appointments happened. They decided to show up anyway and refused to leave when police told them to. The group didn't get the charges dropped yesterday.

"I intend to fight the charges all the way," said Cecile Veillard. "I think we had the right to be there. I think we should not have been arrested. I think we should not have been removed. And I think we shouldn't even be on trial."

Velliard's attorney said the arrests violated free speech rights and that's how the arrests will be challenged in court.

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HarryStreet | June 28, 2011 at 1:04 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

I can't believe this is even an issue. Of course they had the right to be there and the police department should've dropped the charges long ago. This will only escalate bad publicity for all concerned, but demonstrate more so the need to treat people as equals. They were not breaking any laws by refusing to leave when asked. Quite the contrary, they had the legal right to ask for a marriage appointment and get it.

People against same-sex marriage should realize that heterosexual marriage have not fared well at all. One out of every two end in divorce. Men and women marry for money over love, or to get someone citizenship. Where's the sacred in this?

Also, religions should not speak for God. Every religion has been distorted by the people running their religion in the name of God. To say God only wants Man and Woman to marry is arrogant. That's what people want, not necessarily God. I'm a happily married man of over 20 years to a woman. If same-sex couples wish to marry, I am no one to deny them that right.

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