A Series of Unstoppable Events: The Fight for Marriage Begins Again

Gay Wired
June 4, 2008
Sarah Whitman writes, "Whether you look to the Stonewall Riots or the more recent ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court rules on Goodridge vs. The Department of Public Health, change cannot be stopped. And like the Brown vs. the Board of Education case, it is about more than marriage rights. It is about human rights. It is about equality on every level." [Link]

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Sexual orientation and heightened scrutiny in the California marriage decision

The Volokh Conspiracy
May 22, 2008
The court’s equal protection holding will outlast a possible state anti-gay constitutional amendment and will have potential to challenge anti-gay discrimination well beyond the issue of marriage. (Link)

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OPINION: A Useful Nudge in California

Washington Post
May 21, 2008
Columnist Harold Meyerson writes that the California Supreme Court decision, which was based on the fact that "all men are created equal," is part of the "essential definition of America." (Link)

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Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds ...

The Huffington Post
May 21, 2008

Deepak Chopra compares American views on marriage for gay couples to a Shakespearean sonnet that asserts love's immortality and ability to evolve with the times. (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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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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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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Mildred Loving, Who Fought Marriage Ban, Dies

New York Times
May 6, 2008

Mildred Loving, a black woman whose anger over being banished from Virginia for marrying a white man led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling overturning state miscegenation laws, died on May 2 at her home in Central Point, VA. Just last year, on the 40th anniversary of her case, she issued a statement in support of gay and lesbian couples’ right to marry. (Link)

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Freedom to Marry Honors Mildred Loving Upon Her Passing

Freedom to Marry mourns the loss of Mildred Loving, a plaintiff along with her husband, in the historic 1967 case Loving v. Virginia which ended race discrimination in marriage in the United States. By simply getting married, Mrs. Loving became a civil rights leader and helped end restrictions on the freedom to marry in the historic court case bearing her name, and went on to speak out for that same freedom to marry for all loving couples, gay and non-gay. Just last year, upon the 40th anniversary of the Loving decision, Mildred Loving made a statement in support of the ongoing struggle for the freedom to marry.

Read Evan Wolfson's full statement honoring Mildred Loving.
Read Mrs. Loving's full statement on the 40th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia.

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