American Civil Liberties Union, May 26, 2009
Today, personal freedom took a big hit in California. In a 6-to-1 decision, the California Supreme Court ruled against us in our case to overturn Proposition 8.
Marriages of same-sex couples will continue to be banned in California.
This is deeply disappointing, especially in light of the recent Iowa Supreme Court ruling saying that it is unconstitutional to keep gay couples from marrying -- and the passage of laws opening marriage to everyone by the Vermont and Maine legislatures. Public support for marriage for same-sex couples is gaining ground, but California is being left behind.
Matt Coles, the director of the ACLU's LGBT project, recorded a personal message about California's decision, what it means for people’s lives and its impact on the freedoms of all Americans.
Please take a minute to watch this video and share it with your friends and family:
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This decision legitimizes discrimination and allows the government to intrude on our most intimate commitments. You can be sure the ACLU will continue to work for fairness for gay couples and families.
But this case goes beyond the LGBT community. It is also about the government imposing one group’s idea of morality on everyone else. And when that happens, you can be sure the ACLU will be there.
Listen to what Matt has to say about the Prop 8 decision and the important work the ACLU is doing to protect the personal freedoms of all Americans.
Those opposed to same-sex marriage are on the wrong end of history. And, with your help, the ACLU will wage and win this battle for equality no matter how long it takes.
Anthony D. Romero
American Civil Liberties Union