Day of Decision Rally
with Forum For Equality, ACLU Louisiana, Human Rights Campaign, LGBT Community Center and PFLAG-New Orleans
WHEN: Today, Wednesday, June 26th @ 5:30PM
WHERE: Pedestrian Mall, Jackson Square
New Orleans, LA 70130
(In front of St. Louis Cathedral)
Come with your partners, wives and husbands! Bring the entire family! Invite along your friends, neighbors, allies and co-workers! Don’t forget your signs, banners, and flags! And wear RED!
Press, organizations, and individual community members are all encouraged to attend.
Forum for Equality joins marriage equality proponents here in Louisiana and across the country in celebrating today’s Supreme Court landmark rulings striking down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional and affirming same-sex marriage in California – decisions that further empower the push for marriage equality in Louisiana.
While this is a joyous day for many married couples and families, Louisiana remains one of 37 states that still treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens and their children as unequal and second-class.
In 2004, anti-LGBT forces in Louisiana pushed through a constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage and bars same-sex couples from attaining any form of legal family status. However, there is a fast-moving shift in public opinion among Louisiana voters, according to a poll this year.
In the February 2013 survey of 603 Louisianans, 54% of respondents said they support either marriage or civil unions for same-sex couples: 25% said same-sex couples should be allowed to be legally married and 29% said same-sex couples should be allowed to form civil unions. Public Policy Polling of Raleigh, NC is not affiliated with any organization or candidate. This survey has a margin of error of +/- 4%. (Public Policy Polling, February 2013)