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posted Friday, February 10, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 06
Reactions to Prop 8 ruling
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Reactions to Prop 8 ruling

Compiled by SGN Staff

Former San Francisco Mayor and current California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
'Today's decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stands as a victory for the fundamental American principle that all people are equal, and deserve equal rights and treatment under the law. This is the biggest step that the American judicial system has taken to end the grievous discrimination against men and women in same-sex relationships and should be highly praised.'

Mayors for Freedom to Marry
'As Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, we know how important marriage is to our neighborhoods, our cities, and our nation. When committed couples are able to pledge their love to one another and share in the responsibilities and protections of marriage, our communities flourish and our cities are more competitive.

'Today's decision by the 9th Circuit reaffirms that the American Dream is possible for everyone and brings us one step closer to ending marriage discrimination once and for all. We look forward to a day when all of our citizens will be able to share fairly and equally in the freedom to marry.'

Freedom to Marry
'This monumental appellate decision restores California to the growing list of states and countries that have ended exclusion from marriage, and will further accelerate the surging nationwide majority for marriage.

'By growing the majority for marriage, winning more states, and tackling federal discrimination - Freedom to Marry's 'Roadmap to Victory' - we maximize our chances of winning when one case or another finally reaches the U.S. Supreme Court.'

Lambda Legal
'The tide is not turning; it has turned, and we are glad to see the Ninth Circuit join the right side of history. This is an exciting day for all of us, and especially for those of us at Lambda Legal who have been fighting for marriage equality for decades, from our efforts in Hawaii almost 20 years ago to our victories before the California Supreme Court in 2008 and the Iowa Supreme Court in 2009, to our ongoing lawsuit in New Jersey. It is inevitable that marriage equality will be won across the nation through either the legislative or judicial process.'

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese
'Today's decision affirms what we all know to be true - our Constitution protects the basic civil rights of all Americans, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. Proposition 8 does nothing to strengthen or protect any marriage. Instead, it singles out thousands of loving California families for different treatment, simply because they are Gay and Lesbian couples.

'We thank the courageous plaintiff couples, the American Foundation for Equal Rights, and attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies for their years of work leading to today's decision.'

People for the American Way
'Today's ruling is a major victory for equality and for the thousands of California couples who saw their marriage rights disappear four years ago. Proposition 8 hurt Californians. It took away the freedom of committed couples to legally marry, to raise children in security, to visit each other in the hospital, and to provide for each other in old age. It hurt Gay and Lesbian Californians, and it hurt their friends and families. Proposition 8 wasn't just unconstitutional - it was simply wrong.'

GLAAD Acting President Mike Thompson
'Today's historic decision reflects the growing support for marriage equality among a majority of Americans who believe all couples should have the same opportunity to take care of and be responsible for each other. Though the road to securing full equality for every American remains long, we are deeply encouraged by today's ruling.'

National Center for Lesbian Rights
'It is a unique and honored position to be an eyewitness to history. The Ninth Circuit's ruling finding that Proposition 8 violates the Constitution of this nation marks the first time a federal appellate court has held that a law excluding same-sex couples from the right to marry runs counter to our highest ideals of equality and fairness. With today's ruling we are a giant step closer to the day when the promise of our Constitution squares with the lived reality of LGBT people.'

National Organization for Marriage
'We have anticipated this outcome since the moment of San Francisco Judge Vaughn Walker's first hearing in the case. Now we have the field cleared to take this issue to the U.S. Supreme Court, where we have every confidence we will prevail.

'This issue is the Roe v. Wade of the current generation, and I sincerely doubt the Court has the stomach for preempting the policy judgments of the states on such a contentious matter, knowing the lingering harm it caused by that ruling.'

Mitt Romney
'Today, unelected judges cast aside the will of the people of California who voted to protect traditional marriage. This decision does not end this fight, and I expect it to go to the Supreme Court. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and, as president, I will protect traditional marriage and appoint judges who interpret the Constitution as it is written and not according to their own politics and prejudices.'

Liberty Counsel head Mat Staver
'This is a travesty of justice and it undermines the legitimacy of the judiciary. When judges find that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, it's absolutely absurd. This is, I think, an illustration of why the judiciary has lost the confidence of the American people.'

Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Brian Raum
'We are not surprised that this Hollywood-orchestrated attack on marriage-tried in San Francisco-turned out this way. But we are confident that the expressed will of the American people in favor of marriage will be upheld at the Supreme Court. Every pro-marriage American should be pleased that this case can finally go to the U.S. Supreme Court.'

Family Research Council head Tony Perkins
'This ruling substitutes judicial tyranny for the will of the people, who in the majority of states have amended their constitutions, as California did, to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman. However, we remain confident that in the end, the Supreme Court will reject the absurd argument that the authors of our Constitution created or even implied a 'right' to homosexual 'marriage,' and will instead uphold the right of the people to govern themselves.'

Concerned Women for America
'Our experiences have shown us, as science proves, that the best environment for children to develop as productive members of our society is in a home where there is a mother and a father who love them and each other unconditionally. Yet with a stroke of the pen these three judges have undermined the foundations of the family and liberty. Shame on them.'

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