LGBTs and allies will Paint Orlando Red tonight

By : Danny
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Tonight’s marriage equality rally is officially a celebration!

The GLBT Center of Central Florida (The Center), Come Out With Pride, the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Florida, ACLU, Watermark and Hot Spots are hosting the event, which starts at 7 p.m. at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.

The rally was scheduled before we learned the outcome of the Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and Prop 8. With the decisions to overturn DOMA and dismiss Prop 8, activists and allies will celebrate together tonight while wearing red. Red luminaries will surround the lake.

“Our community has grown impatient and it is time for the State and the Country to recognize Equal Rights for all. The ruling today will set an important precedent and send a strong signal to our State legislature that it is time to treat all citizens equally,” said Mikael Audebert, Executive Director of Come Out With Pride, in a media release. “The optimism and excitement I have witnessed today, on social media and in our community have reenergized all of us to continue the fight towards FULL equal rights, in our State and in our Country.”

Scheduled speakers include: Congressman Alan Grayson, Commissioner Patty Sheehan, Blue Starr, Scott and Susannah Randolph, Nadine Smith, Patrick Howell, Rob Domenico, Vivian Rodriguez and representatives from the Orlando Gay Chorus and Orlando Gay Parents. After the speeches, the celebration will continue with food trucks, cash bar, music by DJ Ants and a walk around Lake Eola.

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  • John C. Killam

    It was very disappointing that the organizers of the Marriage Equality Rally found it necessary to include a prayer, a blatantly Christian prayer, in the celebration of a significant advancement towards the inclusion of the GLBT Community in mainstream American culture. Not only did this exclude atheists like me, but it also excluded gay Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and others. It also, by thanking an imaginary deity for allowing or contributing to the victory of yesterday’s Supreme Court decisions, minimized the hard work and dedication of those actually responsible for the achievement. Shame on you.

    John C. Killam
    Orlando

  • michaelvacirca

    John,

    The prayer was not an attempt to offend or injure the anyone involved in reaching this wonderful stage of evolution within our society and its constitutional framework.

    We extended offers to multiple organizations, and Joy MCC was the only one to respond to our request to lead a moment of silence and/or invocation. In the future, we will continue to reach out to all organizations including religious organizations of all denominations (including atheists!).

    Whether you believe in a god, a spiritual awareness, a higher consciousness, nature, or nothing at all – the moment was for reflection during Terri Steed’s invocation that as a society we have taken a step into the future together.

    As a scientist and skeptic myself, please know that this was not a religious decision, but an attempt to be as inclusive and mindful of everyones’ varying backgrounds as possible.

    Michael Vacirca
    Board Member – The Center Orlando