PRESS RELEASE: LOVE HONOR CHERISH IS DISAPPOINTED BY THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT’S RULING GRANTING PROP 8’s PROPONENTS THE RIGHT TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA
Tom Watson, Board Chair
Lester Aponte, Outreach Director
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LOVE HONOR CHERISH IS DISAPPOINTED BY THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT’S RULING GRANTING PROP 8’s PROPONENTS THE RIGHT TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA
The Ruling Means It May Be Years Before Gay and Lesbian Couples Can Marry in California
(SAN FRANCISCO – November 17, 2011)
Today, the California Supreme Court ruled that, under California law, the proponents of Proposition 8 have the right to defend Prop 8 in court, even though the officials elected by the people of California to represent their interests, Governor Brown and Attorney General Harris, have declined to do so.
“While not unexpected, this ruling means that it may be years before loving gay and lesbian couples will again be able to marry in California,” said Love Honor Cherish Board Chair Tom Watson stated. “Before Judge Walker’s ruling declaring Prop 8 to violate the U.S. Constitution can go into effect, we will likely have decisions on the merits of the appeal of that ruling by both the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court.”
LHC’s Board Vice-Chair, Lester Aponte stated, “While we wait for the Perry case to snake its way through our legal system, gay and lesbian couples continue to be denied their fundamental rights and our youth continue to receive the message that, even in California, their lives are not valued the same. And, of course, a successful outcome at the United States Supreme Court is not at all guaranteed.”
Other than through the courts, the only other way to get rid of Prop 8 is at the ballot box.
LHC Board Chair Tom Watson emphasized the importance of fighting for equal rights in every forum and at every opportunity: “We must not sit back and accept this delay. Indeed, any willingness to wait for full equality undermines its importance. Don’t we owe it to our youth to show them that we are willing to stand up for what’s right and moral?”
Love Honor Cherish has pledged to continue the fight for marriage equality. We call on all Californians to join in our efforts.
Love Honor Cherish is a Los Angeles-based grassroots organization committed to repealing Prop 8 and to developing a new generation of leadership on this issue. Formed in May 2008 to defeat Prop 8, Love Honor Cherish raised over $500,000 for the No on 8 campaign and mounted its own outreach and media efforts. After the passage of Prop 8, Love Honor Cherish began working immediately to secure its repeal by means of a new ballot proposition. With its coalition partners, Love Honor Cherish had over one million conversations with California voters on the issue of marriage equality and collected hundreds of thousands of signatures in support. Going forward, Love Honor Cherish will continue to lead the struggle to repeal Prop 8.