Jacobs: "While we are pleased to see an expedited timeline ordered for appellate review, the 9th Circuit's decision to grant a stay of Judge Walker's ruling is obviously disappointing to the thousands of loving families who expected equal access this week to the rights, responsibilities, significance and safety net that only comes with marriage"
SAN FRANCISCO -- A three-Judge panel with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a motion filed by proponents of California's Proposition 8, delaying implementation of the August 4th U.S. District Court order finding Proposition 8 in violation of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution pending appeal.
In its order, the three Judge 9th Circuit panel that reviewed the stay request scheduled an appellate hearing for December 6th, and directed Prop. 8 proponents to file an opening brief by September 17th "to include...a discussion of why this appeal should not be dismissed" for lack of standing."
In response to today's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, Courage Campaign Chairman and Founder Rick Jacobs issued the following statement:
"While we are pleased to see an expedited timeline ordered for appellate review, the 9th Circuit's decision to grant a stay of Judge Walker's ruling is obviously disappointing to the thousands of loving families who expected equal access this week to the rights, responsibilities, significance and safety net that only comes with marriage. Ultimately, the facts of this case remain unchanged---a federal court has found Proposition 8 unconstitutional and the initiative's proponents have admitted in court that they 'do not have evidence' to support second class citizenship for millions of American families.
With a majority of Americans now supporting marriage equality, it is clear that we are both on the right side of the Constitution, and the right side of history. In the meantime, we will continue our work to accelerate the shift that's already underway in the court of public opinion by telling America the truth about what was presented in Judge Walker's courtroom, and the stories of the millions of American families -- both straight and LGBT -- who know the destructive power of discrimination first hand."
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 -- visit http://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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