March 25-27 Vigils for Marriage Equality

By Central Voice
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March 26 candle

Vigils are planned for March 25-27 in front of Federal Courthouses all across Pennsylvania in support of Marriage Equality. The events are being coordinated by Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania (ME4PA).

The US Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments March 27 on the constitutionality of the Definition of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s anti-same-sex Proposition 8. The court’s decision could set anti-gay, same-sex marriage laws all across the nation on their ear.

Harrisburg Federal Court House
March 26, beginning at 4:30 p.m. across the street from Harrisburg City’s Federal Court House, 3rd and Walnut Sts., a coalition of groups will to hold a vigil. Partners in the event included Capital Region Stonewall Democrats, Marriage Equality for PA, Equality PA, LGBT Community Center of Central PA, MCC of the Spirit, LGBT Interfaith Coalition, TransCentral PA, Pride Festival of Central PA, Silent Witness, Unitarian Universalist Church, Alder Health Services, PA NOW, Planned Parenthood, with Central Voice and other outlets providing media promotion.

Speaking at the event were Steve Dorko, president, Capital Region Stonewall Democrats; Katie Somers, Marriage Equality for PA; Harrisburg City Controller Dan Miller, State Rep. Patty Kim, 103rd Dist., member of Equality Caucus, Ted Martin, Equality PA.

Other Locations
Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania (ME4PA) is also hosting or co-sponsoring candlelight vigils on March 25, 5-7 p.m. at the James A Byrne Federal Courthouse in Philadelphia. Several other groups have signed on to this vigil including the primary sponsor, Delaware Valley Americans United; and co-sponsors, Philadelphia Family Pride, the Giampolo Law Group, Metropolitan Community Church of Philadelphia, SafeGuards LGBT Health Resource Center, and Southern New Jersey Gay Pride.

On Tuesday, March 26, ME4PA hosts a vigil in Erie and co-sponsors an event in Scranton.

More Info:

Media Contacts/Event Organizers:
David Moore (814)746-1739
Joshua Adam Szczesny (814)923-3149
Erie Event: Emily Crofoot (814)572-3282
Harrisburg Event Coordinator: Katie Somers (215)205-5395
Group Email:
Twitter: @me4pa

Facebook Page
March 25 5 PM – 7 PM

March 26
7 PM – 8:30 PM

March 26, 4:30 PM – 8 PM

March 26, 7 PM

March 27, 7 PM – 8 PM


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