With a federal appeals court Friday afternoon authorising the resumption of same-sex marriages in California just two days after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the invalidation of Proposition 8, a long line of same sex partners lined up to get on the marriage train in San Francisco. And on the same day that the court decision was overturned, Lady Gaga re-wrote the National Anthem for the Gay Pride Parade’s Kick Off Rally in New York City. If you look at the bottom of the article you can hear Gaga sing her version of the National Anthem.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the stay of an injunction that ordered state officials to stop enforcing the voter-passed initiative, which a lower court judge declared unconstitutional in 2010.
After Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision, the court initially stated that it had up to 25 days to act. Gov. Jerry Brown immediately directed that the state’s 58 counties should resume issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples as soon as the 9th Circuit acted.
After the court’s Friday action, Governor Brown declared that same-sex marriage “is now legal in California” and that marriage licenses must be issued “immediately.”
Couples waited for the doors of San Francisco’s City Hall to open on Saturday while hundreds of thousands of gay men and lesbians from across the country were already en route to San Francisco for the city’s annual gay pride parade this weekend.
The county clerk’s office here, which usually closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, extended their hours on Friday and plan to stay open through Sunday to accommodate the enormous crowd of same-sex couples wanting to get married. And city officials have planned for a record attendance, as many as 1.5 million people, at the gay pride parade.
On the same day that the same sex marriage ruling was overturned and finally legalised, Lady Gaga made a triumphant return to the spotlight after spending some months recuperating form her hip surgery. Gaga, known as “Mother Monster” to her fans, helped to kick off New York’ Gay Pride Parade by taking the stage at Friday’s kickoff rally. She not only gave an emotional speech, but she re-wrote the National Anthem as well.
In a speech that contained some heartfelt words of love and support to the LGBT community she also thanked the Supreme Court for their history making ruling.
At the beginning of her speech she said, “It’s my LGBT friends and fans who always said to me, I knew Lady Gaga when. Well, look who the star is now. Now I get to say that I knew you when. When you suffered, when you felt unequal, when you felt there was nothing to look forward to. But I really know you now.”
The singer then started singing the National Anthem a capella while holding a rainbow flag. She changed the lyrics to fit the occasion. She replaced, “star-spangled banner” with “ ”star-spangled flag of pride” and “home of the brave” with “home for the gays.”
The crowd loved it and it’s clear that they love Lady Gaga, as one voice shouted out during her speech.
Gaga also said in her speech that, “I would like to thank everyone from the Supreme Court to every legislator and political leader that has ever stood with us … Our evolution as LGBT citizens always continues to change and we see that the further we are able to reveal and share our lives, the further we move into the hearts and minds of other Americans.”
So on a history making day, the Supreme Court stay on same sex marriage was lifted and Lady Gaga sang a “new” National Anthem in honour of the event at the New York Gay Pride Parade. You can see her in the video below.
By Michael Smith