Bittersweet Week: Judge Sotomayor, Prop 8 Upheld, Ron Takaki Passes; Launching ConfirmSotomayor.org

We experienced last week several gut-wrenching and rejoiceful moments. On Tuesday, May 26, President Barack Obama announced his historic nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. On the same morning, the California Supreme Court ruled against marriage equality by upholding Prop. 8. The following day brought news that a preeminent scholar on our … Continue reading Bittersweet Week: Judge Sotomayor, Prop 8 Upheld, Ron Takaki Passes; Launching ConfirmSotomayor.org

Calif. Attorney General Says Prop. 209 Unconstitutional in Some Cases

UPDATE: Article by the San Francisco Chronicle's Bob Egelko. California State Attorney General Jerry Brown today filed a brief (PDF) with the state Supreme Court today opining that article 1, section 31 of the California Constitution (Prop. 209) is unconstitutional as applied in certain circumstances. The letter brief was filed in response to the Supreme … Continue reading Calif. Attorney General Says Prop. 209 Unconstitutional in Some Cases

Calif. Attorney General Says Prop. 209 Unconstitutional in Some Cases

UPDATE: Article by the San Francisco Chronicle's Bob Egelko. California State Attorney General Jerry Brown today filed a brief (PDF) with the state Supreme Court today opining that article 1, section 31 of the California Constitution (Prop. 209) is unconstitutional as applied in certain circumstances. The letter brief was filed in response to the Supreme … Continue reading Calif. Attorney General Says Prop. 209 Unconstitutional in Some Cases

National Center for Lesbian Rights Hails Iowa Marriage Victory

"Today, in a unanimous decision, the Iowa Supreme Court held that the Iowa statute barring same-sex couples from marriage violated the equal protection guarantee of the Iowa Constitution. Lambda Legal represents the plaintiffs in the case," said NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter. "The National Center for Lesbian Rights filed an amicus brief in support of … Continue reading National Center for Lesbian Rights Hails Iowa Marriage Victory

Tobias Wolff: ‘Are Liberties Subject to Majority Vote?’

In an excellent op-ed published in today's San Francisco Chronicle, EJS board member Tobias Wolff summarizes the core issues facing the Calif. Supreme Court as it considers overturning Prop. 8. Tobias, a constitutional law professor at U. Penn., rebuts Ken Starr's argument that Prop. 8 should be considered an amendment rather than a revision to … Continue reading Tobias Wolff: ‘Are Liberties Subject to Majority Vote?’

Remarks by Eva Paterson at Prop. 8 Oral Arguments Press Conference

As prepared for delivery at this morning's press conference: Good morning. I’m Eva Paterson, President and co-founder of the Equal Justice Society. I’m here today to stand together with my friends and allies as we ask the state Supreme Court to stand for fairness and opportunity in our society. Last May, this Court ruled that … Continue reading Remarks by Eva Paterson at Prop. 8 Oral Arguments Press Conference

Eva Paterson on Roundtable Discussing Prop. 8 on 5th Anniv. of SF’s Marriage Licenses

EJS President Eva Paterson will join other civl rights and religious leaders and plaintiff couples from In re Marriage Cases in a roundtable to reflect on the historic California Supreme Court ruling and the pending Prop. 8 legal challenge. This discussion takes place on the fifth anniversary of San Francisco's first issuance of marriage licenses. … Continue reading Eva Paterson on Roundtable Discussing Prop. 8 on 5th Anniv. of SF’s Marriage Licenses