BY BTL STAFF
ANN ARBOR – The Jim Toy Community Center (JTCC) will host a fundraiser with out lesbian comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer Feb. 26 in Ann Arbor. Funds will be raised in support of the marriage equality lawsuit that will be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The “Afterglow Benefits for National Marriage Challenge (NMC)” helps the nonprofit NMC pay for the costs of the DeBoer v Snyder lawsuit for marriage equality in Michigan, one of the four cases the Supreme Court will hear. Legal experts anticipate a ruling in late June.
“A favorable ruling in the DeBoer case will mean marriage equality all across the United States,” JTCC Board member Sandi Smith said. Smith, who is also one of the members of the NMC fundraising committee and helped organize the “Afterglow” event, added, “It would mean legal rights for me and my wife, and hundreds of thousands of other families across the U.S. This case could be a crucial step towards fulfilling our nation’s promise of liberty, justice and equality for all people.”
The attorneys for the DeBoer-Rowse family need substantial financial support to successfully argue the case before the Supreme Court. The filing fee alone is $10,000. Fundraising efforts in other states have raised as much as $8 million towards the cost of the marriage equality lawsuits. As the Michigan legal team is working with a fraction of that funding, JTCC is one of many organizations working to make sure Michigan’s marriage equality campaign gets the support it needs.
Westenhoefer, famous as the first out lesbian with an HBO special and to appear on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” will perform at 8 p.m. on Feb. 26 at The Ark. Tickets also serve as entry into the “Afterglow” party in The Black Pearl restaurant following the show.
The Ark is located at 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. The Black Pearl is located at 302 S. Main St., Ann Arbor.
For more information about the DeBoer case and the work to pay for it, visit http://www.NationalMarriageChallenge.com.