South African-born actress Charlize Theron is throwing her weight behind gay marriages by promoting a rally that aims to raise awareness of the issue.

The Courage Campaign and more than 70 other organizations are organizing “Meet in the Middle for Equality” — a day of dignity planned for the first Saturday after the California Supreme Court releases its decision on Proposition 8. Regardless of whether the court upholds or overturns Prop 8, people from across the US will be gathering in the middle of California — Fresno — at 1 p.m. on that Saturday.

“We know the people whose lives are on the line – those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender – will be there,” said Theron. “But we need everyone there. Especially straight people. While we don’t know when the Supreme Court will rule exactly, we know it will be within the next four weeks. Californians need to be prepared to commit right now to go to Fresno on the Saturday after the decision is announced, no matter what that decision may be. The battle for equality has to be fought in Middle America – in places like Fresno, California – not just in gay-friendly cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. California’s Central Valley population is far more reflective of national attitudes towards LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) equality – and until we engage the communities of Middle America, we will not achieve full equality in California.”

To find out more about how to be a part of this event, visit the official website.

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