Mico Lucide, a senior Political Science major with a concentration in Pre-Law, and his friend Andrew were in Washington D.C. on June 26 to hear the Supreme Court’s ruling on Federal Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage and Prop 8. Lucide explained, “Andrew and I were numbers 92 and 94 out of 100 who got into the Supreme Court courtroom for the announcements.”
They had waited in line for seven and a half hours since 2 a.m. before they found themselves seated in wooden chairs towards the back of the courtroom. Lucide explained that they were not the normal pew-like seats because they were extra seats used in big cases to maximize occupancy.
Dr. Linda Wharton also made it into the courtroom. Lucide, who hopes to be a U.S. senator, credits the Stockton Pride Alliance and Dr. Wharton for encouraging him to make the trip to witness the hearing firsthand. “Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages at the Federal level was protected as part of Equal Protection under the Law, opening the door for more progressive cases to appear in the future. It was an amazing experience for me,” he said.
Earlier this year, in March, Nicole Chamra, a 21-year-old political science major, and Taylor Ruggieri, 21 and a psychology major with minors in political science and women’s, gender and sexuality studies, camped out for two nights in near-freezing temperatures before getting to hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) before the U.S. Supreme Court.