Check out this fantastic interview of DVAU Vice-President Janice Rael by Andy Polhamus in the South Jersey Times. DVAU’s Rael was part of a team of volunteers who organized the candlelight vigil for marriage equality in Philadelphia, PA, on March 25, 2013.
The demonstrators at Monday night’s gay rights vigil in Philadelphia came prepared for the harsh weather. Armed against the cold and rain with signs covered in plastic wrap and toting the iconic rainbow “pride” flag, the 200 people gathered outside the James A. Byrne Federal Courthouse knew the next morning would be an important one.
The United States Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of California’s famous Proposition 8, a statewide ban on same-sex marriage that was later overturned by appellate courts. The case, dubbed Hollingsworth v. Perry, is the first of two cases the Supreme Court will hear this week. The second is United States v. Windsor, which challenges the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law defining marriage as a union of one man and one woman.
The issue hits particularly close to home for Janice Rael, a Clayton resident who founded Delaware Valley Americans United For Separation of Church and State, the local chapter of a national organization active in a wide variety of issues including health care, education and marriage equality. Rael currently serves as vice president of the chapter.
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