A crowd of about 125 LGBT supporters gathered on Sunday in a San Gabriel parking lot to show support for marriage equality. Across the street, a group called the True Marriage Union had assembled at the Living Water Harvest Holy Ground church to march in protest of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the court ruled in favor of same sex marriage.
These two demonstrations stemmed from a July 17 article in the World Journal, a Chinese-language publication. In the article, supporters of the True Marriage Union claimed that homosexuality was a public health hazard, and said they would stage a march on Sunday to protest the legalization of same sex marriages. Upon hearing about this, API-Equality and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles began organizing a rally in response to the True Marriage Union's protest.
On Sunday the crowd of LGBT supporters was welcomed with a message from the Mayor of San Gabriel, Jason Pu, where he shared his personal connection to the issue. Congressmember Judy Chu and Rosemead Councilmember Polly Low were among the other elected officials who came to lend their support for the group.
Before the march was scheduled to begin, Eileen Ma of API and Betty Hung of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles crossed the street to engage with the small crowd from the True Marriage Union, which had set up banners displaying Bible verses in both English and Chinese. The groups exchanged press statements with a San Gabriel police officer standing by. LGBT supporters from across the street began chanting “open hearts, open minds, this is how our community shines.”
The True Marriage Union began their march through Valley Boulevard after the LGBT supporters had left.