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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The Reality in Television

Huffington Post
May 13, 2008

Neil Giuliano discusses the marriage of Kevin and Scotty on ABC's Brothers & Sisters and how the event, though historic, still does not reflect reality for most gay couples who continue to be excluded from the protections, responsibilities, dignity, and respect of marriage. (Link)

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Quote of the week

"I think there is a good chance we are about to face what could well be the single most important battle we have ever seen in the LGBT rights movement."

Matt Coles, Director of ACLU's LGBT Project, about the upcoming California Supreme Court decision

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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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Anti-Marriage Amendment Heads To Arizona Senate
May 12, 2008

An amendment intended to write marriage discrimination into the Arizona state constitution passed the House and moved to the Senate even though the AZ public expressed not wanting to write discrimination into their constitution. (Link)

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NY Republican Assemblywoman Votes for Equality, Constituents Respond with Support

Last year, Representative Teresa R. Sayward, a three-term Republican from NY's North County voted in favor of ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage in New York. Proving fears of support for marriage are unwarranted, she received an "excellent reception" from her constituents who either agreed with her vote or respected her principled stand. Rep. Sayward's actions are an example of the simple courage needed to ensure the freedom to marry throughout our country.

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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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Benefits ruling stings same-sex couples

Daily Press & Argus
May 12, 2008
Michigan public employees discuss how the recent Michigan ruling to eliminate domestic partner benefits will negatively affect taxpayers. (Link)

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Foes of marriage ban organize in Fort Lauderdale

South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 12, 2008
People gathered to work against an anti-marriage discriminatory amendment in Florida, where one woman, a 59 year old retired teacher from Miami who is a Republican noted that Amendment 2 strips people of their civil rights and she plans "to sell my Republican friends on the issues I'm talking about." (Link)

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