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Rallies for same-sex marriage tomorrow

Activists and advocates across the state organized by Marriage Equality USA, Equality California and other groups are planning rallies for tomorrow to urge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign Assemblyman Mark Leno‘s AB 43 and legalize same-sex civil marriage in California. The Assembly passed it June 5 on a 42-34 vote and the state Senate passed it Sept. 7 on a 22-15 vote, but the governor has vowed to veto it again, just as he did in 2005.

In the greater Bay Area, rallies are set for:

  • Oakland — 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Frank Ogawa Plaza, at 14th Street and Broadway
  • San Francisco — 5:30 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St., for a news conference with Leno followed by a march to Harvey Milk Plaza at Castro and Market streets
  • San Jose — 6 p.m. at the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center, 938 The Alameda
  • Stockton — 5:30 p.m. at the San Joaquin Pride Center, 4410 N. Pershing Ave., Suite C-22
  • San Rafael — 4-7 p.m. at Third and Irwin streets
  • Josh Richman

    Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.