In case you haven't heard, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling hours ago upholding Proposition 8's ban on same-sex marriage, which that state's voters approved in November. (Read all about the ruling in this Los Angeles Times story.)
Gay-rights groups everywhere -- including those in Colorado -- are calling the ruling a disappointment. And in Denver, some activists plan to showcase their frustration with an act of civil disobedience today at 3 p.m. alongside the north side of Colfax Avenue between 14th and 15th streets, in front of the Webb Administration Building -- and inside it.
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According to Christopher Hubble of Soulforce in Colorado, a gay-rights nonprofit, several gay couples will request marriage licenses from the city clerk. When they're denied, he says, they'll refuse to leave the building. Hubble says he expects they'll be arrested around 4:30 or 5 p.m., when the building closes. (The cops and the city clerk have been given a heads-up, Hubble says.)
Picketers will also line Colfax to protest the court's decision. Anyone who wants to join should show up at the corner of 14th and Colfax at 3 p.m., Hubble says.
"It was pretty devastating," he says of the decision. "You try to prepare yourself mentally, but hearing it was difficult." Nonetheless, Hubble says he's heartened by the fact that it seems to have set off a "nationwide movement" of protest. By his count, there are 108 events similar to Soulforce's being staged today in 25 states.