California Proposition 8: Reactions from supporters of same-sex marriage
Reactions from supporters of same-sex marriage to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to strike down Proposition 8:
“Today, the United States Court of Appeals has affirmed a simple, fundamental American truth: how we are born and who we choose to love should not be a basis for discrimination in this country. Every American regardless of race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation deserves the same dignity and respect, the same freedom to love and to marry and to build a family. That’s all this case is about. Not special rights or privileges – just fairness and equality.”
“Proposition 8 divided California into marriage haves and have nots. Today, the court has reaffirmed what we already know in our hearts – our United States Constitution prohibits taking away the fundamental right to marry from one particular group. Everyone deserves the freedom to marry the one you love,” said Stuart Gaffney, Marriage Equality USA’s Media Director.
“We’ve been waiting since 2009 to be able to marry,” said Teresa Rowe, who hopes to marry her partner of 6 years, Kristin, as soon as possible. “But Prop. 8 prevented us from doing so. We hope that any further appeals of the Ninth Circuit’s ruling will be rejected quickly so that we can finally have our wedding day. We’ve been a loving, committed couple for 6 years – we’ve waited long enough for the freedom to marry.”
“Today, we as LGBTIQ people, with our friends and family and with clergy, will join together as a community to stand up for our dignity. We are thrilled by the Ninth Circuit’s ruling in favor of marriage equality, and we will continue to stand together until we all have full equality nationwide in all aspects of our lives,” said Billy Bradford of Marriage Equality USA and GetEqual.
“The court has rendered a powerful affirmation of the right of same-sex couples to marry. I applaud the wisdom and courage of this decision.”
“Today’s ruling is a victory for fairness, a victory for equality and a victory for justice,” said Attorney General Harris. “Proposition 8 denied to gay and lesbian couples the equal protection to which all Americans are entitled. By striking this unconstitutional law from our books, the court has restored dignity, equality and respect to all Californians.”