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Task Force responds to judicial panel’s decision granting indefinite stay of Prop. 8 decision

August 16, 2010

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today granted an indefinite stay of the Proposition 8 decision, meaning marriages of same-sex couples in California will be placed on hold as the case winds its way through the appeals process. Earlier this month, Judge Vaughn Walker denied a motion for a stay of his earlier ruling that declared Prop. 8 unconstitutional. Under Walker’s stay decision, marriages of same-sex couples were to have resumed Aug. 18.

Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey responds:

While we had hoped to extend our congratulations on Wednesday to same-sex couples getting married, we know that moment will again become a reality in California. Proposition 8 has already been declared unconstitutional, and that ruling came down to a simple yet profound principle: People should be treated equally under the law. This is a fundamental tenet of our nation. We are confident that fairness will prevail in California and nationwide, especially as we continue to share our personal stories and have conversations about why this matters and who we are.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. debbie stadard permalink
    August 20, 2010 10:24 am

    i don’t understand the ignorance that surrounds the issue of same sex marriage rights. i support anyone’s right to marry in any state of the united states. this a very important equal rights issue of this time and the constitutional right must be followed. this is not a threat to the state of marriage or religion. i wait for obama to stand up and address this issue. all couples should be ableto be joined legally as they are joined in love.

  2. dr. glenn blankman permalink
    August 22, 2010 5:20 pm

    I look forward to the day that same sex couples can get married nationally.It was embarrassing to me last year when my partner Fred and I got married in Canada :after being together for 18 years , and during my address to his canadian family I had to apologize that our own country was not OK with this. Change can’t come soon enough.

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