A section of Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh will be shut down Wednesday morning so people can gather in the street to await two highly anticipated Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage.
The decision-watch, an event the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh has dubbed "Riot or Rejoice," will start at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday on Liberty Avenue between Ninth and 10th streets.
That section of Liberty will close to vehicle traffic from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday. The event has been issued a permit by Pittsburgh's special events office and Pittsburgh police will manage street closures.
It's the same spot where, earlier this month, singer Adam Lambert performed as part of the city's Pittsburgh Pride celebration, which the Delta Foundation organized.
The theme for that celebration was "I wanna marry you," and that theme will be continued Wednesday, as supporters of gay marriage rights gather to hear the Supreme Court's decisions on California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.
The Supreme Court may decide whether California's same-sex marriage ban is constitutional as well as the constitutionality of the act that defines marriage as one man, one woman.
All are welcome to attend the Liberty Avenue decision-watch, said Christine Bryan of the Delta Foundation, and a television screen showing coverage of the decision will be set up so participants can watch coverage of the Supreme Court decision, which is expected to be announced sometime after 10 a.m. The Delta Foundation is also lining up speakers for the event.
Ms. Bryan said she was "cautiously optimistic" about what Wednesday will yield.
"This is, without question, the most historic piece of legislation for the LGBT community ever," she said. "Hopefully the Supreme Court is going to be on the right side of history and we'll be celebrating in the streets tomorrow."
The event is being organized by the Delta Foundation, along with Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania, Persad Center, Equality Pennsylvania, New Voices Pittsburgh, Shepherd Wellness Center, Steel City Stonewall Democrats, ACLU of Pennsylvania and Dreams of Hope.
Kaitlynn Riely: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1707. First Published June 25, 2013 4:15 AM