For Immediate Release
PPFA Media Relations, 212-261-4433
Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards' Statement on Federal Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage
WASHINGTON - Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following
statement today on yesterday's federal court ruling that struck down
California Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in the state
"Planned Parenthood applauds U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn
Walker's ruling yesterday overturning California's ban on same-sex
marriage. In his ruling, Judge Walker declared the ban unconstitutional
because it discriminates against gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals
and prevents the state from ‘fulfilling its constitutional obligation to
provide marriages on an equal basis.'
"This federal-level ruling is the first step in recognizing that
couples in this country deserve to be treated equally and share the
rights that are afforded by marriage regardless of sexual orientation or
"Planned Parenthood supports the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
Transgender (LGBT) community by providing unbiased, quality health care
and information that helps all patients fully understand their sexual
orientation and gender identity. Every person deserves honest
information and health care because it is central to understanding
yourself and how you relate to others. Equal rights provided by the
government serve to lessen discrimination and allow individuals and
couples the opportunity to fulfill the dreams and aspirations they have
in life. Judge Walker's ruling gives hope to millions of Americans that
the law will treat them with fairness and equality."
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