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Saturday, December 8, 2012
SUPREME COURT WILL HEAR BOTH THE DOMA AND PROPOSITION 8 CASES
The Supreme Court has just
announced that it will hear arguments in the Prop. 8 case, Hollingsworth
What's also exciting is that the
Court simultaneously announced it'll take up the Defense of Marriage Act.
This means we'll finally get a ruling on this discriminatory law by next
A win in either of these cases
would mark an incredible, decisive point in this movement's history, one I've
been working toward since I helped bring the Prop. 8 case as co-founder of
the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
Extreme right-wing leaders are
going to immediately rally their base around today's announcement – claiming
the Court can't outpace public opinion.
Thankfully though a majority of
Americans support marriage equality. We have to counteract the other side
with one booming, united voice for marriage equality.
The Supreme Court has ruled 14
times that marriage is a fundamental right and with this historic first – a
marriage equality case before the Supreme Court – they have a chance to move
us toward a more perfect union, as they have done so many times in the past.
The clock is ticking and we have
little time to show the Court that if it rules in favor of marriage equality,
it'll be reflecting the values of America's fair-minded majority and the
momentum this cause has earned recently at the ballot box.
We've come too far to give up now.
The plaintiff couples of the Prop. 8 case, Kris Perry & Sandy Stier, and
Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, have won their case twice before – in a
federal district court in California and again in the Ninth Circuit Court of
Appeals earlier this year. I've been amazed by their courage since we first
began planning this case back in 2009.
If the Supreme Court decides in
favor of equality, more than a quarter of Americans will live in states where
LGBT couples can marry legally.
And if they rule DOMA
unconstitutional, every single one of those couples will have the same
federal rights and benefits of marriage as heterosexual couples.
This step in the Prop. 8 case is a
watershed moment in the long fight for marriage equality. Our victories
require hard work, smart strategy, and commitment from every supporter, so
I'm glad you're here fighting for this one.