hen an artist paints a picture -- they like to work with an unlimited palette. The people at SAGE Upstate know all about limitations, especially when it comes to living with discrimination over who they choose to love or marry.
Sandy Davis is one of many who remembers the first day they came out to their parents. "My parents were accusatory and disbelieving and concerned about what they had done wrong," says Davis.
Now, she is happily married to her wife here in New York. Sandy along with other from the elderly LGBT community are all trying to help paint a different picture for the future.
Two of the areas the high court will rule on are DOMA and Prop 8. Both of these cases and their anticipated rulings weigh heavily on the minds who care the most. To some who have witnessed the evolution of gay rights, like SAGE Executive Director Kim Dill, tomorrow is more that just a decision.
"To even think that marriage would be discussed at the federal level, it felt like that would be really far in the future. To even have the Supreme Court talking about it is a success in itself," says Dill.
Win or lose, these painters as well as others from the community will be out at First English Lutheran Church letting their raw emotion get the best of them after tomorrow's decision.
Joe Moore is a director at SAGE and knows how vital tomorrow is. "It's the culmination of years of movement if you will that began well before I walked on this earth," says Moore.
An earth which these painting today wish to leave a colorful brushstroke on for all to see.