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For Immediate Release
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Equality California Issues Statement on Appeal in Proposition 8 Trial


Today Equality California, having secured a key ruling, will turn
over internal strategy emails and campaign materials relating to the
effort to defeat Proposition 8.

Equality California Executive Director Geoff
Kors issued the following statement:

"We are very pleased that Judge Walker
clarified his ruling in accordance with the Ninth Circuit's affirmation
that the first amendment protections for communications applies not only
to internal communications within each individual organization but also
to communications among multiple organizations working in coalition.

Had this protection been eroded, it would have
set a devastating precedent for future social justice efforts. Having
secured this ruling - the key principle we were fighting for - we will
turn over responsive, non-privileged documents so that a decision can be
rendered in an expeditious manner. We thank our pro-bono counsel at
Fenwick & West who worked tirelessly to ensure that this protection
was obtained."

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.