For Immediate Release
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February 7, 2012
Contact: Jerame Davis
National Stonewall Democrats Applauds Historic Prop 8 Ruling
National Stonewall Democrats applauds the ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California upholding the ruling by Judge Walker that Prop 8 is unconstitutional. The majority opinion from the court was very clear, "Prop 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in CA."
"It has been clear from the beginning that Prop 8 unjustly targeted gay and lesbian couples for discrimination," said National Stonewall Democrats Executive Director Jerame Davis. "Enacting laws that take away rights from gays and lesbians is not only unconstitutional, it's simply un-American. Congratulations are in order for all who were part of this case, but particularly for the plaintiffs, whose bravery and steadfast demands for justice were heard loud and clear.
"This ruling should be required reading for the GOP presidential hopefuls who continue to vow their support for a federal constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality. The arc of history bends toward justice, not the bigotry and discrimination these candidates represent."
"Even as we celebrate today’s ruling, GOP candidates at every level campaign with promises to put marriage out of our reach and to take away hard won job and housing protections," said Laurie McBride, National Stonewall Democrats co-chair and California native. "Who we support in elections across the country matters more than ever. As Stonewall Democrats we are proud to work from the local level up, supporting pro-equality candidates and spotlighting those who would stand against us."
National Stonewall Democrats is the national voice of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied Democrats, with more than 90 local affiliates across the nation. Stonewall Democrats works to elect more pro-equality Democrats regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity - and to improve the Democratic Party on issues important to LGBT Democrats.