A coalition of gay rights advocates protesting today's state Supreme Court ruling upholding Proposition 8 announced a civil-disobedience sit-in aimed at blocking Stanford University's key Palm Drive/Campus Drive intersection.
The sit-in was scheduled for about 12:45 p.m., according to organizers, following a noon rally and speeches at White Plaza in the central campus.
The action is to protest the California Supreme Court 6-1 ruling today that upheld Proposition 8, the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.
At the same time, the court ruled unanimously that the 18,000 existing gay marriages in California remain valid.
The ruling was issued at the court's headquarters at the state building in San Francisco.
Word of the decision quickly filtered out to a crowd of hundreds of people on both sides of the issue who were waiting outside the state building.
Some supporters of gay rights began to boo and chant, "Shame on you."
David Mitchell, a Stanford senior, said the Stanford rally and sit-in were organized by two groups: the Emma Goldman Society for Queer Liberation and the National Marriage Boycott, which he described as "a collection of queer people and allies who have agreed not to get married until all people can get married" in the United States.
That would mean repeal of the national Defense of Marriage Act, and abandoning the "Don't ask, don't tell" policies of the military, he said.
He said straight persons would be invited to join in the boycott of marriage. The boycott concept was launched at Stanford, he said.
"By acting today and standing with our queer brothers and sisters, we not only condemn the injustices in our great country, but we also
celebrate our pledge of solidarity with queer people in the National Marriage Boycott. We offer hope that by standing together, we can win equal rights for all," a press release on the rally and sit-in stated.
He said the use of the word "queer" is "currently in vogue, especially on college campuses," as a "re-appropriation of a negative word."
He said Stanford Hospital is being notified of the sit-in plans so officials could re-route ambulances. He said law enforcement agencies have not been given advance notice, however.