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Vaishalee Raja, Communications Director
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Equality California Applauds Judge Walker’s Decision to Lift Stay in Prop. 8 Case

SAN FRANCISCO - Today Judge
Walker lifted the temporary stay in the Prop. 8. case, paving the way
for same-sex couples to begin marrying on August 18 at 5 p.m. In
response, Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors issued the
following statement:

“Today we are
overjoyed, not only for all of the committed couples who are finally
able marry as well as for their family and friends, but also because a
fundamental constitutional freedom has been restored. This case has
definitively proven that extending the freedom to marry to same-sex
couples causes no harm and is in line with our country’s core values of
equality and liberty. Today is a monumental step forward for our entire
nation.

“There is no
doubt that this decision was due, in part, to Governor Schwarzenegger
and Attorney General Brown asking the court to lift the stay. To ensure
the State of California maintains its position against this
discriminatory measure throughout the appellate process, Equality
California will intensify its efforts to elect a pro-equality governor
and attorney general.”

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