In preparation for Tuesday’s US Supreme Court hearing on Proposition 8 Mayor Ed Lee has announced that the iconic LGBT flag will fly on San Francisco’s City Hall beginning Monday evening.

In a statement, Lee said “Here in San Francisco, we stand ready to once again to begin marrying same sex couples. We remain as deeply committed to the fight for marriage equality today as we were nearly nine years ago when then Mayor Gavin Newsom led the charge on one of the most important civil rights issues of our generation to ensure equal protections and rights for all.”

Meanwhile, guaranteed seats to watch this week’s gay marriage cases is running interested buyers about $6,000, reports the Associated Press. Though access to the Court is technically free, people have been lining up since Thursday, many of whom have been paid to wait for between $36 and $50 per hour, making someone who waited for the entire 5 days ready to collect a $6,000 check.

Video, broadcast and all other electronic communication is strictly forbidden inside the U.S. Supreme Court. “Be wary of reports posted on Twitter that represent themselves as “live-Tweets” from the hearing,” City Attorney spokesman Matt Dorsey cautioned last week, since that activity, too, is not allowed.

Less expensive than a seat or dangerous than tweeting from it is tonight’s March for Equality, which will conclude at the stops of City Hall. The same one where the flag will be hanging

Can’t make it tonight, but still want to see the gay flag fly? The Mayor’s office says it’ll remain in place through Wednesday, as the Supreme Court hearings take place.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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