Rainbow flag marks Supreme Court cases

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The rainbow flag was raised at Berkeley City Hall this morning while the US Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments in the Proposition 8 case. The flag will also fly tomorrow, during the DOMA arguments. Photo: Lance Knobel

The rainbow flag, a symbol of diversity and inclusiveness, was raised over Berkeley City Hall on Tuesday, to mark arguments in the US Supreme Court on Proposition 8. It will also fly tomorrow, during arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act.

“Berkeley is joining cities all around the country to show support for full equality,” said Judy Appel, a member of the school board, and executive director of Our Family Coalition, which promotes social justice and inclusiveness of LGBTQ families. 

“We’re building on our tradition of supporting marriage equality,” said Councilmember Kriss Worthington, who was cosponsor of the resolution to fly the flag. Worthington said Berkeley was the first city council in the country to support marriage equality, passing a resolution in 1997. “In the mid-90s, Berkeley was having the intense conversation that’s happening elsewhere now.”

“We are proud to fly the rainbow flag in support of marriage equality,” said Mayor Tom Bates, in a statement he issued on Tuesday. “Berkeley has a long tradition of support for human and civil rights. We were among the first cities in the nation to recognize domestic partnership 30 years ago and look forward to the day when the right to marry the one you love is available to everyone.”

The Berkeley connection to the Supreme Court cases is even more direct. Sandy Stier and Kris Perry, plaintiffs in the Prop. 8 case, are Berkeleyans, with four children.

“I love the fact that throughout this case, the importance of marriage equality to the kids of LGBT families has been front and center,” Appel said. “It’s the next generation we’re talking about.”

Berkeley couple at heart of Prop 8 case speak out [08.05.10]

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  • Guest

    I invite anyone naive enough to believe that Berkeley in any way fosters “diversity and inclusiveness” to dare to express anything other than lock-step adherence to the party line on this one…

  • Christine Staples

    Looking out of the window in the Women’s Fitness Center at the Y this morning and seeing the rainbow flag flying in the breeze in front of Berkeley City Hall….. Well, I can tell you there were a bunch of us feeling a swell of civic pride in our hearts at that sight.

  • leilah

    You invite anyone who conscientiously supports the City’s position on this matter to dare to state opposition that concordance? Damn, just can’t take you up on that dare ….

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  • Biker 94703

    I’ll take that troll bait!

    I wish we could go back to Marriage as defined in 1 Corinthians 7:
    10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband.
    11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.

    And how about Deuteronomy 22: “If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.”

    Ah good old-fashioned biblical marriage!

  • Some very great thoughts taken from a bible verse. Wonderful thoughts to ponder.