The Supreme Court earlier today announced that it will review the ruling in the Perry case by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals holding that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.
The issue before the Court is profound. Does the government have the power to prohibit loving gay and lesbian couples from marrying based on irrational prejudice? The Court also asked the parties to brief the issue of whether the proponents of Prop 8 have standing.
By taking the case, the Justices now have the opportunity to affirm that our Constitution’s central promises of liberty, equality, and freedom. We are hopeful that will do so and expand the guarantee of liberty and freedom to all loving gay and lesbian couples across America.
Unfortunately, though, the Supreme Court’s decision once again postpones the day when loving gay and lesbian couples can once again marry in California.
“As long as loving gay and lesbian couples continue to be denied their fundamental rights, our work is not done,” said Love Honor Cherish Board Chair, Tom Watson.
Board Member Eric Harrison stated, “We must continue to fight on all fronts to restore equality in our state.”
About Love Honor Cherish
Founded in May 2008 to protect and defend the California Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision, Love Honor Cherish is the leading grassroots advocate in California for marriage equality. Its members come from all walks of life and are both gay and straight. What unites them is a strong conviction in the fundamental equality of all of California’s citizens regardless of sexual orientation, and a belief in the importance of marriage equality. Love Honor Cherish worked tirelessly to defeat Proposition 8, and, since Proposition 8’s passage, continues to advance marriage equality through public education, community empowerment, legal advocacy, and the political process. Love Honor Cherish continues to take a leading role in working to change the hearts and minds of those Californians who voted in favor of Proposition 8. For more information:www.lovehonorcherish.org