Tonight, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay on Judge Walker's historic decision ruling Prop 8 unconstitutional. This means the freedom to marry for same-sex couples will not be restored this week, as so many hoped.
While this delay – any delay – is certainly disappointing, we are encouraged that the court pointedly expedited the appeals process and specifically ordered Prop 8 supporters to show why the appeal should not just be thrown out.
Today shows us yet again that are many twists in the road to justice, and we cannot and must not wait for freedom to be handed to us by courts or politicians on their own. Courts don’t operate in a vacuum. While the lawyers make the case for the freedom to marry in the courts of law, we must personally and affirmatively make the case in the court of public opinion.
A few weeks ago, we asked you to add your name in solidarity with Judge Walker's decision, which powerfully showed there is no good reason for denying the freedom to marry to committed couples in California or throughout the country
Maximizing our chances of victory, in courts, in legislatures, in Congress, and in ballot-measures, requires us to do our part, and building on our momentum is now more important than ever.
Freedom to Marry has the Roadmap to Victory. Will you join us in making a difference?
Please forward this email to family and friends and ask them to help us overturn Prop 8:
We will continue to push forward in California, and on other fronts across the country – and we will win.