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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2010
9:51 PM

CONTACT: EQCA

Jorge Amaro, Equality California
PHONE: 562-964-3591 EMAIL: jorge@eqca.org

Equality California Disappointed in Ninth Circuit Court’s Decision to Grant a Stay in Proposition 8 Case

SAN FRANCISCO - August 16 - 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:

“We are 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.”

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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.


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