For Immediate Release
Equality California Disappointed in Ninth Circuit Court’s Decision to Grant a Stay in Proposition 8 Case
SAN FRANCISCO - Today the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a stay pending appeal of
the federal district court’s decision in the Proposition 8 federal
challenge. The district court had ruled that Prop. 8 was
unconstitutional, and that marriages of same-sex couples could proceed
on Wednesday, August 18, 2010. The Ninth Circuit Court’s stay prevents
these couples from marrying until after it hears the appeal in the case.
In response, Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors issued the following statement:
pleased that the Ninth Circuit Court is expediting the case against
Proposition 8 and is considering whether the groups that placed Prop. 8
on the ballot have standing to appeal. We are extremely disappointed
that loving same-sex couples will have to wait to marry, and that we are
once again being denied our fundamental rights. However, we are
optimistic for a favorable ruling, and we’re hopeful that same-sex
couples will be able to marry as soon as possible.”
Equality California is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve equality and civil rights for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians.