Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hanford Sentinel Covers Hanford Rally



Courtesy The Hanford Sentinel
 
HANFORD — Local advocate Melissa Ballard paid close attention to her television and her computer all day as the Supreme Court dove into a historic debate on gay rights Tuesday.
“I keep clicking the ‘refresh’ button on my Internet browser,” Ballard said. “I’m so anxious right now.”

Ballard is the president of Hanford Rainbow Pride and co-division leader of Gay Hanford. She, her partner and several friends gathered Tuesday afternoon to make posters and prepare for a marriage equality rally they are holding today in downtown Hanford at 5:30 p.m.
The Supreme Court’s focus was on whether or not California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriages, was constitutional. But the justices signaled they may not be ready for a major national ruling on whether America’s gays and lesbians have a right to marry.

The court’s first major examination of gay rights in 10 years will continue today, when the justices will consider the federal law known as the Defense of Marriage Act that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of benefits afforded straight married people.

The issue before the court on Tuesday was more fundamental: Does the Constitution require that people be allowed to marry whom they choose, regardless of either partner’s gender?

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