(San Francisco, CA, February 29, 2008)—A press conference will be held immediately prior to Tuesday’s oral arguments in the California Supreme Court on challenges by the City and same-sex couples to the constitutionality of state laws that discriminate against same-sex couples in marriage.

What: Pre-Hearing Press Conference on Marriage Equality Cases

When: Tuesday, March 4 at 7:30 a.m.


  • Dennis J. Herrera, San Francisco City Attorney
  • Kate Kendell, Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights and lead counsel in In Re Marriage Cases*
  • Gloria Allred, Counsel in In re Marriage Cases
  • Waukeen McCoy, Counsel in In re Marriage Cases
  • Geoff Kors, representing Equality California, Respondent in In re Marriage Cases
  • Couples represented in In re Marriage Cases
  • Judy Appel, representing Our Family Coalition, Respondent in In re Marriage Cases

Where: South Light Court, City Hall, San Francisco, California 94102

The press conference will conclude by 7:50 a.m. Oral arguments begin at 9:00 a.m. in the California Supreme Court, on the Fourth Floor of 350 McAllister Street in San Francisco. The court, in the Earl Warren State Office Building, is located directly across the street from the Civic Center Plaza, diagonally across from City Hall.

The court will hear the following case beginning at 9:00 a.m.: In re Marriage Cases (California Supreme Court Case Number S147999).

*Co-counsel in In re Marriage Cases are Heller Ehrman LLP; Lambda Legal; the ACLU; and the Law Office of David C. Codell.

Interviews in Spanish and Mandarin available.

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The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.


Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. http://www.lambdalegal.org/

The American Civil Liberties Union is America’s foremost advocate of individual rights. It fights discrimination and moves public opinion on LGBTQ rights through the courts, legislatures and public education. http://www.aclu.org/

Equality California Founded in 1998, Equality California celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2008, commemorating a decade of building a state of equality in California. EQCA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve equality and civil rights of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians. http://www.eqca.org/