Freedom to Marry’s Evan Wolfson on Perry v. Schwarzenegger Oral Argument
Communications Manager, Freedom to Marry
(New York, NY, December 6) – Below is a statement from Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, on today’s oral argument in Perry v. Schwarzenegger:
“Earlier this year, the anti-gay forces behind California's Prop 8 were yet again shown to have no evidence and no good arguments that would stand up in the light of a courtroom, under oath and cross-examination. Lacking any serious expert witnesses or facts to justify marriage discrimination, they fought to block cameras from the courtroom and actually asserted that they 'don't have to have evidence.’ After Judge Walker conclusively found that they had failed to justify stripping the freedom to marry away from California’s gay couples, the anti-gay groups swiftly took to attacking the judge.
“Today, unable to hide, these same opponents of equality stood before appellate judges and, this time, cameras, and all the world could see what a majority of American people have already come to understand: there is no good reason for continuing to exclude committed loving couples from the legal commitment of marriage. When the gavel came down, it was clear yet again that the anti-gay forces still have nothing. Their case is, in Lincoln's words, ‘as thin as the homeopathic soup made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that starved to death.’
“This was the year in which the freedom to marry came to our nation’s capital and polls showed for the first time that a majority of Americans nationwide now support ending gay people's exclusion from marriage. Just last week, the Illinois legislature moved in the direction of marriage equality with the enactment of a civil union law, and now 17 states have marriage or some statewide recognition of same-sex couples on the road to the freedom to marry, up from virtually zero just a decade ago. With gay people free to marry in 12 countries on 4 continents and the sun still rising every day, 2011 looks bright for continued momentum toward ending marriage discrimination.”
Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage — and the responsibilities, protections, and commitment that marriage brings. Freedom to Marry is working to win marriage in more states, grow majority support for the freedom to marry, and end federal marriage discrimination.