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Reminder Days and the LGBT Civil Rights Movement

Posted By John L. Mlnarik, Tuesday, August 11, 2015

by John L. Mlnarik
The Mlnarik Law Group, Inc.
2015 SCCBA President

The Liberty bell stands for freedom from tyranny, slavery and oppression.  A Pennsylvania State Historic Marker commemorates the Reminder Days’ impact on the LGBT civil rights movement. Reminder Day was a series of early pickets  taking place each July 4 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia beginning in 1965 and were among the earliest LGBT demonstrations in the United States. The event was designed to inform and remind the American people that LGBT people did not enjoy basic civil rights protections.  This year, some 50 years later, the US Supreme Court rang the bell for freedom and legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.  Hear Dean Erwin Chemerinsky discuss this and many other cases before the Supreme Court at the SCCBA Annual Judges’ Night. Be sure to reserve your seat early.  Let’s hope it doesn’t take you as long to make the right decision to join us as it did SCOTUS.

As summer comes to an end and school starts, I am reminded of the flame that burns eternal in all of us. I traveled with family this summer to our nation’s capital and visited many of the same sights my parents took me to over 20 years ago. Unfortunately, my kids were about as interested in many of the wonderful things we saw as I was that July of 1993. Thankfully those truths and symbols of our freedom we journey to see are there for me to appreciate in a whole other way. Similarly, our bar association is here for attorneys who visit us frequently and those we may not have seen for a while. Go to to discover all the great things available to you.

American or Santa Clara County Bar Association member, we have a lot to be thankful for. But we don’t have all of these things because we sat around waiting, wishing and hoping for change to happen. We enjoy what we have today because of the thoughtfulness, hard work and dedication of those who came before us.

Here’s a gentle reminder that our days are limited and are going by faster all the time. Leave your mark on history by getting involved today and help us leave this profession, our country, our world, if even just a little better than we found it!

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