TO DO: 4 Ways To Celebrate SCOTUS’s Same-Sex Marriage Rulings in Philly [UPDATED]

LGBTers across the country are cheering the Supreme Court's decision to strike down Prop 8 and DOMA, here are a few ways to celebrate locally.

Image from Saturday's marriage-equality rally in Harrisburg

History was made today when the Supreme Court delivered landmark rulings that invalidate DOMA and Prop 8. Here are a few ways to celebrate locally: 

UNITED FOR MARRIAGE: DECISION DAY RALLY: The Delaware Valley Americans United for Separation of Church and State (DVAU) and Philadelphia Family Pride and Philadelphia Family Pride are pulling out the signs they carried to Harrisburg this weekend to celebrate today’s SCOTUS decision. The rally will take place tonight in the People’s Plaza of Independence Mall (aka across the lawn from the entrance to the Liberty Bell.) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There’s a whole list of speakers lined up, including Wendy Michele Forbes from Philadelphia Family Pride, DVAU’s Janice Rael and Gloria Casarez from the Office of LGBT Affairs at City of Philadelphia.

EQUALITY FORUM CELEBRATION: At 8 p.m. tonight (June 26), the Equality Forum is throwing a shindig in Freedom Park, that amazing little pop-up across the street from the Kimmel Center (On Broad Street between Spruce and Pine.) This is more of a celebration than anything, so come ready to hoot and holler and kick it up with your fellow gays. There’s a food pavilion on beer garden on site for those looking for munchies and sips.

DOMA TOWN HALL: HOW SCOTUS MARRIAGE DECISIONS IMPACT YOU: Still trying to wrap your brain around all the legal jargon surrounding DOMA? This town hall, hosted by William Way, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Mazzoni Center should help answer any lingering questions. Panelists include Leonore F. Carpenter, assistant professor of law at Temple University Beasley School of Law, co-chairs of the Philadelphia Bar Association Rebecca Levin and Tiffany Palmer, and Mazzoni Center Legal Director David Rosenblum. Things will get started on Thu., June 27 at 6 p.m. and it will last until 8. And for more on how the SCOTUS decision will affect us in Pennsylvania, check out the conversation I had with Philadelphia State Representative Brian Sims following the ruling.

TOWN HALL ON DOMA, PART 2: If you miss that one, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is hosting another informative get-together at William Way (1315 Spruce St.) on Fri., June 28 to discuss everything from the history of DOMA to its impact in the workplace and in religious institutions. Speakers include Mazzoni Center legal director David Rosenblum, PwC Director of Benefits/Partner Affairs Marlene Marlene Muglia and Rabbi Richard Hirsh, the executive director of Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. The gathering goes from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. To RSVP, send an email to

And I’m sure patrons in bars across the Gayborhood will be extra jubilant over the next few days. Stop in to your favorite gay watering hole and cheers the big news with your LGBT brothers and sisters.

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