Jacobs: "Today, equality under the law has been restored for millions of loving families across California."
Moments ago, Federal District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the temporary stay of his ruling that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional will be lifted, effective August 18th. Today's order means that in less than one week, gay and lesbian couples can once again get married in California.
More than 18,000 California gay and lesbian couples were married prior to the passage of Proposition 8 in November of 2008.
In response to today's ruling, Courage Campaign Founder and Chairman Rick Jacobs issued the following statement:
"Today's ruling means that in less than one week, equality under the law will be restored for millions of loving families across California. Lifting the stay is ultimately consistent with both legal precedent and the findings in this case.
Specifically, that every American has a civil right to marriage, and that by depriving millions of families this right, Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. Judge Walker's ruling affirms that the purpose of our judicial system is to protect our constitutional rights, not to take away those rights.
All Americans agree that weddings matter and marriage is the foundation of strong families. Families and the institution of marriage itself can only be strengthened by the inclusion of more committed couples bound by unconditional love and enduring partnership."
Courage Campaign Equality is a part of the Courage Campaign's multi-issue online organizing network that empowers more than 700,000 grassroots and netroots supporters to push for progressive change and full equality in California and across the country. For more information on "Testimony: Equality on Trial" -- our year-long campaign to bring the Prop 8 trial into the lives of Americans -- visithttp://www.EqualityOnTrial.org. For more information on the Prop. 8 Trial, visit our Prop 8 Trial Tracker blog at http://prop8trialtracker.com. Learn more about our summer-long campaign to hold secretive Prop. 8 financier, the National Organization for Marriage, accountable for its lies and divisive rhetoric about LGBT families at www.nomtourtracker.com.
Rick Jacobs is the founder and chair of the Courage Campaign. He chaired Howard Dean's presidential campaign in California. He is also the co-founder of Brave New Films and a featured contributor to Arianna Huffington's Huffingtonpost.com. Rick has an extensive background as an international investor and senior executive. An openly gay man, Jacobs attended every day of the historic Prop. 8 Federal Trial in January 2010, liveblogging directly from U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's courtroom to the Prop 8 Trial Tracker, garnering more than 2.5 million page views and 43,000 comments from across America.
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