California Supreme Court Overturns Marriage Exclusion

New York Times
May 16, 2008

Evan Wolfson is quoted following the historic decision in CA to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage: “This decision will give Americans the lived experience that ending exclusion from marriage helps families and harms no one.” (Link)

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BLOG: Victory in California

The Bilerco Project
May 16, 2008

Toni Broaddus discusses how the CA decision is historical and personal, how it influences the entire nation, and how we need to fight to defend marriage in CA given the pending discriminatory initiative which could be on the ballot in November 2008. (Link)

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BLOG: California Supreme Court Says Same-Sex Couples Can Marry

Leonard Link
May 15, 2008

An analysis of the CA high court’s decision to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage in CA. (Link)

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Turning point: California Supremes open door for marriage equality

PrideSource
May 15, 2008
"I could not be happier," said Evan Wolfson. "This is the turning point. This is the absolute statement by the nation's most respected state supreme court, and a chief justice who is universally considered to be fair and cautious, affirming that the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage is wrong and must fall." (Link)

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California Ends Gay Couples’ Exclusion From Marriage

Earlier today, the California Supreme Court handed down a historic decision upholding the freedom to marry in In Re: Marriage Cases. California's high court is the second state high court to rule in favor of ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. (Massachusetts ruled over 4 years ago.)

With this ruling, our country has the opportunity to continue seeing how families are helped and no one is hurt by ending exclusion from marriage, just as other countries around the world have done.

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California Ends Gay Couples’ Exclusion From Marriage

California Supreme Court Leads the Way Yet Again in Historic Ruling Upholding the Freedom to Marry


New York, May 15, 2008 —Earlier today, the California Supreme Court handed down a historic decision upholding the freedom to marry in In Re: Marriage Cases. The second state high court to rule in favor of ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage said, “in view of the substance and significance of the fundamental constitutional right to form a family relationship, the California Constitution properly must be interpreted to guarantee this basic civil right [marriage] to all Californians, whether gay or heterosexual, and to same-sex couples as well as to opposite-sex couples.”

“This righteous decision of this most respected state high court will give Americans the chance to experience what they've begun to see for the last few years in Massachusetts, South Africa, Canada, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands – the lived reality that ending exclusion from marriage helps families and harms no one,” said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry and author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People's Right to Marry. “California's sun will illuminate the nation.”

The milestone California ruling comes as the country marks the 60th anniversary of another historic ruling, Perez v. Sharp. In Perez, the California Supreme Court became the first court in the country to strike down race restrictions on marriage, also by a vote of 4-3, at a time when polls showed 90% opposing interracial marriage. Wolfson noted, “Today, the justices of the California Supreme Court again lived up to their oath to uphold the Constitution for all, and as with their courageous past stands against discrimination in marriage, we will all be the better and history will vindicate them.”

Noting that opponents of equality have submitted signatures that may trigger a November vote on an anti-gay measure aimed at amending the state constitution to bar committed same-sex couples from the equal freedom to marry, Wolfson said, “Thanks to the Court's just decision, voters will get to make an informed decision, having the chance to see actual married couples and realize it is wrong to put obstacles in their path.”

Freedom to Marry salutes the leadership of National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, Heller Ehrman LLP and the Law Office of David C. Codell, and the City of San Francisco, who represented fifteen same-sex couples, Equality California, and Our Family Coalition in this case.

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California high court set to rule on marriage

San Jose Mercury News
May 14, 2008
The justices today posted a notation on the court's Web site that the ruling in the civil rights challenge to the discriminatory marriage ban will be posted at 10 a.m. Thursday. (Link)

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Candidate’s Opposition to Marriage Equality Sparks Outrage

The Advocate
May 13, 2008
Sacramento, CA mayoral candidate Kevin Johnson, a retired NBA player, faced community opposition for his anti-marriage stance, the only candidate to take such a stance in the city's race. (Link)

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Coming soon, the mother of all battles

Citizen Crain
May 11, 2008
Get ready for World War-like battle for gay rights that we have no choice but to fight as if our lives depended on it. (Link)

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Calif. may be headed for epic marriage battle

Washington Blade
May 8, 2008
Evan Wolfson told the Blade that defeating the referendum in California is the “single most important challenge” facing marriage supporters this year. (Link)

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