(San Francisco, CA, June 4, 2008)—Shannon Price Minter, Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, who argued the marriage case before the California Supreme Court, issued the following response to today’s news that the California Supreme Court denied requests to stay its decision in In re Marriage Cases:

“The Court’s denial of the petitions for rehearing today means that the Court’s decision will be final on June 16. Lesbian and gay couples in California will be able to marry on an equal basis starting on June 17. We are grateful to the Court for ruling on the petitions so quickly and for allowing its historic victory for fairness and opportunity to go into effect without further delay.”

He added:

“Every day, public support for the freedom to marry is growing. All Californians will benefit from this landmark day for our state.”

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.