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Gay, Civil Rights Groups, Politicians Praise Court’s Prop. 8 Ruling

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Love Honor Cherish’s Board Chair Thomas Watson: "Today’s ruling is an historic step forward towards full equality for the LGBT community. While we are thrilled with today’s ruling that Prop 8 violates the federal constitution, this is not the end of the road. Until the appellate process ends and the stay is lifted, justice will not have been done."

Garden State Equality’s Chair Steven Goldstein: "From the Golden State to the Garden State, millions of fair-minded Americans are jubilant over today’s milestone on the road to equality for all. Of particular relevance to us in New Jersey, today’s judicial victory gives us fantastic momentum as both houses of our state legislature vote next week on the marriage equality bill. Today’s victory also renders Governor Christie’s call for a statewide referendum on marriage equality far less credible, as the Court of Appeals today ruled that a referendum like Proposition 8 is impermissible because it takes away the constitutional right of marriage equality."

L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Chief Executive Officer Lorri L. Jean: "Today a three-judge panel of the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Justice Vaughn Walker’s August 2010 ruling that found California’s Prop 8 unconstitutional. This draws nearer the day when every American will be able to marry the person they love, regardless of gender-and to have that important commitment recognized by the law of the land."

GLAD’s Civil Rights Project Director Mary L. Bonauto: "We applaud the Court’s ruling that taking away marriage from same-sex couples but leaving Registered Domestic Partnership laws in place accomplishes nothing but stigmatizing committed same-sex relationships. We hope that California citizens will soon be able to marry the person they love."

California Congressman Jared Plis: "No law that denies any American the right to marry the person that they love can be called constitutional, moral or just. Today’s decision by the 9th Circuit is a victory for the cause of justice and the ideal that we are all created equal and are all equal before the law. I am hopeful that the Supreme Court will come down on the side of marriage equality and recognize the committed and loving relationships of millions of American couples."

Equality Illinois: "The court’s gratifying decision makes a clear statement that marriage equality is a fundamental freedom. This victory, if upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, will restore full marriage equality in California, the nation’s largest state, and add to the pressure in Illinois and elsewhere in the country to end marriage discrimination."

The Empire State Pride Agenda’s Ross D. Levi: "It is very heartening that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California agrees that all loving committed couples should be able to marry and their families offered the same legal protections as others. In New York State, more than a decade of work resulted in our marriage win, and we have seen only positive effects from loving same-sex couples being able to marry."

Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi: "Today’s decision is a victory for civil rights and for progress for the LGBT community and for all Californians." "As this battle moves through the appeals process, we must, and will, continue the fight for the fundamental rights of LGBT couples and every American."

Family Equality Council’s Executive Director Jennifer Chrisler: "Today’s decision heartens and gives hope to the 15,698 loving couples in California who are raising more than 30,000 children. They, like all Americans, understand that while love makes a family, there is no denying that marriage strengthens it."

U.S. Senator Barbra Boxer: "This historic decision is a major step forward in the march toward equality for all Americans. It’s a great day for the millions of Californians who deserve the same rights and recognition as every other family in our state."

The American Foundation for Equal Rights’ (which filed the case) Board President Chad Griffin: "Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, as the courts have repeatedly throughout our nation’s history, that singling out a class of citizens for discriminatory treatment is unfair, unlawful and violates basic American values. Like many other Americans, our plaintiffs want nothing more than to marry the person they love. Committed, loving couples and their families should not be denied this most fundamental freedom."


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