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Court Upholds Prop 8; State Continues to Recognize 18,000 Marriages

Advocacy Groups Vow to Return to Polls to Restore Marriage for Same-sex Couples (San Francisco, CA, May 26, 2009)—Today, in a 6 to 1 decision, the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, the ballot measure that eliminated the right of same sex couples to marry. In the ruling authored by Chief Justice Ronald George, the Court stated “We emphasize only that among the various constitutional protections recognized in the Marriage Cases as available to same-sex couples, it is only the...

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Una Corte Dividida Confirma La Prop 8; El Estado Continua Reconociendo Los 18,000 Matrimonions

Grupos de abogacía juran que volverán a la boleta para restaurar el matrimonio para las parejas del mismo sexo (San Francisco, CA, 26 de Mayo, 2009)— En una decisión de 6 a 1, la Corte Suprema de California confirmó hoy la Proposición 8, el plebiscito que eliminó el derecho a casarse a las parejas del mismo sexo. En el fallo por el juez Ronald George, presidente de la Corte Suprema, la corte dictaminó “Hacemos hincapié que dentro de las varias protecciones constitucionales reconocidas en los...

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A Statement from NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter on the California Supreme Court’s Prop 8 Ruling

(San Francisco, CA, May 26, 2009)—Today, in a 6 to 1 decision, the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, the ballot measure that eliminated the right of same sex couples to marry. At the same time, the court unanimously ruled that the more than 18,000 marriages that took place between June 16 and November 4, 2008 continue to be fully valid and recognized by the state of California. The decision reaffirmed the Court’s prior holding that sexual orientation is subject to the highest...

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Attorneys Urge California Supreme Court to Invalidate Prop. 8

Attorney General, Governor, and nation’s top civil rights groups agree: Invalidate Prop 8 (San Francisco, CA, February 3, 2009)—The California Supreme Court announced today that it will hear oral arguments on Thursday, March 5, 2009 in the Proposition 8 legal challenge. The National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, and the ACLU—with support from civil rights groups, religious organizations, labor unions, and legal scholars—argue that Proposition 8 is invalid because the people of...

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Briefing Concludes in Prop 8 Legal Challenge

Nation’s top civil rights groups and legal scholars agree: Invalidate Prop 8 (San Francisco, CA, January 21, 2009)—In the last round of an expedited briefing schedule, final briefs were filed today by both petitioners and respondents in the lawsuits challenging Proposition 8. The briefs filed today by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, and the ACLU responded to the more than 60 amicus curiae, or “friend of the court,” briefs filed in the case last week. Those amicus briefs...

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Civil Rights Groups File Amicus Brief Urging California Supreme Court to Invalidate Proposition 8

Nation’s top civil rights groups and legal scholars agree: Invalidate Prop 8 (San Francisco, CA, January 21, 2009)—In the last round of an expedited briefing schedule, final briefs were filed today by both petitioners and respondents in the lawsuits challenging Proposition 8. The briefs filed today by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, and the ACLU responded to the more than 60 amicus curiae, or “friend of the court,” briefs filed in the case last week. Those amicus briefs...

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Religious Leaders, Faith Organizations to Court: Invalidate Prop 8

Religious Leaders, Faith Organizations to Court: Invalidate Prop 8 (Sacramento, CA, January 14, 2009)—Today, the California Council of Churches and other religious leaders and faith organizations representing millions of members filed an amicus curiae brief with the California Supreme Court urging the Court to invalidate Proposition 8. The brief argues that Proposition 8 poses a severe threat to the guarantee of equal protection for all and was not enacted through the constitutionally required...

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New Filing in Prop 8 Legal Challenge

Reply brief reiterates that Prop 8 should be struck down (San Francisco, CA, January 5, 2008)—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Lambda Legal filed a reply brief in the California Supreme Court, the next step in the lawsuit seeking to overturn Proposition 8, which passed by a mere 52 percent on November 4. The brief argues that Proposition 8 is invalid because it seeks to eliminate a fundamental right only for a targeted...

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Prominent California and National Women’s Rights Organizations Ask State Supreme Court to Say No to Prop. 8

Women’s Groups Warn Against Consequences of Putting Equality Up to a Public Vote (Los Angeles, CA, January 14, 2009)—Several leading local, state and national women’s rights organizations have submitted an amicus curiae—or friend of the court—brief to the California Supreme Court, asking the Court to invalidate Proposition 8 because of its disastrous implications for women and other groups that face discrimination. The organizations joining the brief—filed in support of the petitioners in...

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