EJS 10th Anniversary Celebration at Yoshi’s Honors Founders, Sets Stage for New Efforts to Reclaim 14th Amendment

The Equal Justice Society celebrated its 10th anniversary on Dec. 7 with a gala fundraiser at Yoshi’s San Francisco featuring a concert by the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra with Faye Carol, Kenny Washington and Jeannine Anderson where they performed new songs from “Soul of a Movement: Meditations on Martin Luther King, Jr.” See photos of … Continue reading EJS 10th Anniversary Celebration at Yoshi’s Honors Founders, Sets Stage for New Efforts to Reclaim 14th Amendment

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

LGBT Legal Groups Decry Obama Administration’s Defense of DOMA

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (EJS board member Kate Kendell is NLCR's executive director), Lambda Legal, the ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, GLAD and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force issued a statement today objecting to the Obama administration's recent filing in support of the a law that discriminates against LGBT. (San Francisco, CA, … Continue reading LGBT Legal Groups Decry Obama Administration’s Defense of DOMA

Eva Paterson, Other Leaders Join Lawyers for Press Conference on Prop 8 Legal Challenge

EJS President Eva Paterson will participate in a press conference with other leaders and attorneys to be held immediately prior to Thursday’s California Supreme Court oral arguments in the Prop 8 legal challenge. Attorneys will argue that by taking away a right only from one group, Proposition 8 violates the most basic principle of our … Continue reading Eva Paterson, Other Leaders Join Lawyers for Press Conference on Prop 8 Legal Challenge

Kate Kendell, Eva Paterson: ‘Standing Together and Continuing the Conversation’

Next Thursday, the California Supreme Court will hear arguments in our legal challenge to Proposition 8. As we seek to overturn Prop 8, we have the broadest array of support ever seen on an LGBT issue before any California Court. This support speaks directly to the relationships and coalition work that many in the LGBT, … Continue reading Kate Kendell, Eva Paterson: ‘Standing Together and Continuing the Conversation’

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

Rev. Rick Warren and the Question of Challenging our New President

  Just as the Equal Justice Society was last month closing up shop for the year, two of our beloved board members, Tobias Wolff and Kate Kendell, blogged about their opposition to Rev. Rick Warren's selection by President-Elect Obama to deliver the invocation for the Jan. 20 inauguration ceremonies. Read Tobias's "The Voice That Will … Continue reading Rev. Rick Warren and the Question of Challenging our New President