CA court stands against discrimination

Cybercast News Service
May 16, 2008

"As with their courageous past stands against discrimination in marriage, we will all be the better and history will vindicate them," Evan Wolfson said in a statement. (Link)

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OPINION: A Victory for Equality and Justice

New York Times
May 17, 2008
“An individual’s sexual orientation — like a person’s race or gender — does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold rights,” wrote Chief Justice Ronald George, first appointed to the bench by Gov. Ronald Reagan. (Link)

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CA marriage decision may help Republicans

San Francisco Chronicle
May 16, 2008
"If (McCain) comes out in favor of discrimination, he will be in stark contrast with the single most popular Republican in the country - his good friend, Gov. Schwarzenegger," said Evan Wolfson. (Link)

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California Supreme Court’s Ruling on Marriage a Benefit to Everyone

Black America Web
May 16, 2008
National Black Justice Coalition's H. Alexander Robinson writes, "Today we stand at a pivotal point in history. As a black community, we have the unique opportunity of ushering in a new era of social change and progress for another oppressed group." (Link)

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Opposition prepares for battle

New York Times
May 18, 2008
Just hours after the California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, Mathew D. Staver was already raising money to overturn the decision. (Link)

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California chief justice says marriage ruling was one of his toughest

Los Angeles Times
May 18, 2008
As he read the legal arguments, the 68-year-old moderate Republican Chief Justice was drawn by memory to a long ago trip he made with his European immigrant parents through the American South. (Link)

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Equal rights are now promised every Californian

San Diego Union Tribune
May 16, 2008

Barbara Cox discusses the personal importance of the CA decision to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage which will recognize her marriage, and notes how the court understood the weight of "marriage." (Link)

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Will I Live to See My Wedding Day?

Huffington Post
May 15, 2008

Shaun Jacob Halper blogs about anticipating the California Supreme Court decision on marriage for gay couples, and his personal fear that he will never be able to marry. (Link)

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Out of the Mouths of “Activist” Judges…

Huffington Post
May 15, 2008

Joan Garry points out the conservative reputation of the CA Supreme Court, and says, "We are reminded that when we make a strong case (thank you to NLCR, Lambda Legal and the ACLU) in front of fair minded judges, judges who are doing their jobs, judges who, regardless of who appointed them, evaluate cases with integrity , we win." (Link)

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Magisterial Conviction: Why the California Supreme Court did more than legalize gay marriages

Slate
May 15, 2008

Kenji Yoshino points out the landmark conclusions of the CA high court decision to uphold the freedom to marry: use of strict scrutiny, considering sexual orientation as a discriminatory class, how the CA court tends to lead the nation, etc. (Link)

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