A federal judge in San Francisco today overturned Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage. A rally and march organized by gay marriage rights supporters in downtown Mountain View is set for 6 p.m. tonight.
U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker said the voter-approved initiative violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection.
Supporters of Proposition 8 have already announced in a filing late Tuesday that they will appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
Walker ruled in a lawsuit filed last year by two same-sex couples. The case, which the judge decided without a jury, was the nation's first federal trial on a challenge under the U.S. Constitution to a state ban on gay marriage.
Tonight, starting at 6 p.m., a rally and march is being organized by the Santa Clara County chapter of Marriage Equality USA, said spokesman Ray Hixson.
The rally is set to meet at the downtown Caltrain station, and then march to City Hall, where there will be speeches from city officials and representatives from local politicians' offices, Hixson said.
"We're expecting a peaceful and positive rally," said Hixson. "We want to be the change we want to see. We stand for equality and peace and love."
Bay City News Service contributed to this report.