Prop. 8 Ruled Unconstitutional: A Victory for Justice and Our Families

The Equal Justice Society celebrates the ruling today by U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional and violates the United States Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law. According to Judge Walker: "Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and … Continue reading Prop. 8 Ruled Unconstitutional: A Victory for Justice and Our Families

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

By upholding Prop 8, the Court has diminished its legacy as a champion of equality

The California Supreme Court today in a 6-1 vote upheld Prop. 8, the ballot measure discriminating against marriage by same-sex couples. We are relieved the Court protected couples who married before November 5. The presence of thousands of married same-sex couples across California will show those who don't yet know us that marriage strengthens families … Continue reading By upholding Prop 8, the Court has diminished its legacy as a champion of equality

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