For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Evan Wolfson
Executive Director, Freedom to Marry
Tel: 212-851-8418; Mobile: 646-263-5552
Email: evan@freedomtomarry.org

LGBT Groups

LGBT Organizations Warn that Lawsuits Could Set Back Progress on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

WASHINGTON - In response to the California Supreme Court decision
allowing Prop 8 to stand, four LGBT legal organizations and five other leading
national LGBT groups are reminding the LGBT community that ill-timed lawsuits
could set the fight for marriage back.  The groups released a new publication, “Why
the ballot box and not the courts should be the next step on marriage in California.”  This
publication discourages people from bringing premature lawsuits based on
the federal Constitution because, without more groundwork, the U.S.
Supreme Court likely is not yet ready to rule that same-sex couples cannot be
barred from marriage.  The groups also revised “Make Change, Not
Lawsuits,” which was released after the California Supreme Court decision
ending the ban on marriage for same-sex couples in California.  This publication encourages
couples who have legally married to ask friends, neighbors and institutions to
honor their marriages, but discourages people from bringing lawsuits.

“Why the ballot box and not the courts should be the next step on
marriage in California”
is available at http://www.freedomtomarry.org/pdfs/why_the_ballot_box.pdf  

“Make Change, Not Lawsuits” is available at http://www.freedomtomarry.org/pdfs/make_change_not_lawsuits-0509_update.pdf 

Read
Online: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/press_center/lawsuits_set_back_progress.php

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