Ruling for DOMA:

UNITED STATES v. WINDSOR, EXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OF SPYER, ET AL.

Ruling for Prop 8 case:

HOLLINGSWORTH ET AL. v. PERRY ET AL.

Statement from the White House:

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2013

Statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act:

I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it. We are a people who declared that we are all created equal – and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.

This ruling is a victory for couples who have long fought for equal treatment under the law; for children whose parents’ marriages will now be recognized, rightly, as legitimate; for families that, at long last, will get the respect and protection they deserve; and for friends and supporters who have wanted nothing more than to see their loved ones treated fairly and have worked hard to persuade their nation to change for the better.

So we welcome today’s decision, and I’ve directed the Attorney General to work with other members of my Cabinet to review all relevant federal statutes to ensure this decision, including its implications for Federal benefits and obligations, is implemented swiftly and smoothly.

On an issue as sensitive as this, knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom is also vital. How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision – which applies only to civil marriages – changes that.

The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts: when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.

[More below the fold.]


Press releases, in no particular order:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 26, 201 Contact: Ashley Scheideberg at 202-­621-­5415 or ashley@outserve­sldn.org

#DOMAisDead

Supreme Court rules 1996 law discriminatory and unconstitutional

(Washington, DC) In a 5 to 4 decision, the United States Supreme Court today ruled in the case U.S. v. Windsor that part of the so­called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which became law in 1996, is unconstitutional because it is a deprivation of the equal protection of the law guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment. Today’s ruling strikes down Section 3 of the law which allowed the federal government to recognize only marriages between a man and a woman.

“Today, we congratulate plaintiff Edie Windsor, her incredible legal team, and all those who have stood up for the freedom to marry in America. This victory is especially sweet for our nation’s lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members, who can now not only serve openly, but can serve knowing that their loving, committed, and legal marriages will be recognized by the military they serve and the nation they protect,” said Army veteran and OutServe­SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson.

Currently twelve states and the District of Columbia permit same­gender marriages. Robinson said today’s victory adds to the rapidly growing momentum for marriage in the U.S.

“This victory energizes our work moving forward and lays a new, strong foundation for ensuring marriage for all loving and committed couples in our country across all fifty states,” said Robinson.

Robinson thanked the plaintiffs in OutServe­SLDN’s landmark litigation, McLaughlin v. Panetta, which was filed in October 2011 on behalf of eight married gay and lesbian military couples seeking equal recognition, support, and benefits, for their part in bringing the stories of gay and lesbian military families to the fore. Despite today’s ruling, the McLaughlin case will move forward because the case challenges the constitutionality of other statutes in addition to DOMA.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to the McLaughlin plaintiffs today, including the late Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan and her family, all of whom courageously stepped forward to do something very difficult: to file suit against their employer, the Department of Defense, as well the Department of Veterans Affairs. In doing so, they stood up not only for their own families, but for countless LGBT military families they will never know. Their stories have been, and will continue to be, a game­changer as the marriage fight marches forward,” said Robinson.

Robinson called on the Pentagon to act immediately and unequivocally to implement today’s ruling.“Secretary Hagel has already demonstrated his commitment to LGBT military families, just as he promised he would during his confirmation. Today the Court cleared the way for him to take the next step. We expect Secretary Hagel to act so that all families affected by today’s ruling gain access to full recognition, benefits, and support no later than sixty days from today. OutServe­SLDN will be working with the Pentagon and the VA to ensure that the greatest number of federal protections, responsibilities and programs are available to all military couples as soon as possible,” said Robinson.

ABOUT OUTSERVE­-SLDN: OutServe­-SLDN is the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel with more than fifty chapters and 6500 members around the world. It works to support a professional network of LGBT military personnel and create an environment of respect in the military with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. It is a non­partisan, non­profit, legal services and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America’s military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. OS­-SLDN provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law and the prior regulatory ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination. For more information, visit www.outserve­sldn.org.


DOMA IS DEAD – WHAT ABOUT MARRIAGE FOR NEW JERSEY COUPLES?

GARDEN STATE EQUALITY AND ACLU-NJ REACTION STATEMENTS BELOW
GROUPS TO HOLD STATE HOUSE PRESSER ON THURSDAY AT NOON

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Contact:
TJ Helmstetter, Garden State Equality Communications Director,
tj@gardenstateequality.org

Allison Peltzman, ACLU-NJ Communications Specialist,
apeltzman@aclu-nj.org

MONTCLAIR – Garden State Equality and ACLU-NJ react to this morning’s historic Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality, on the 10th Anniversary of the Court’s landmark Lawrence v. Texas ruling.

In response to today’s decisions, Garden State Equality and ACLU-NJ have redoubled their efforts to bring marriage equality to New Jersey, and they will be joined by Lambda Legal at a press conference tomorrow (Thursday) at noon at the State House in Trenton.

Troy Stevenson, executive director of Garden State Equality, issued the following statement:

“This is a truly monumental day for our community and in our movement for equal rights. Today, the Supreme Court has decided that the federal government can no longer discriminate in its treatment of married couples, gay or straight.

“Same-sex couples in 12 [[13]] states and the District of Columbia will have all the rights and benefits afforded their opposite-sex brothers and sisters. We congratulate Edie Windsor, her attorneys, the ACLU, and the many organizations and activists who fought for this victory.

“However, the day is also bittersweet for New Jersey and in dozens of states around the country where discrimination continues and same sex couples remain relegated to second-class citizenship.

“New Jersey’s LGBT families will continue to be denied 1,138 rights and benefits granted to married couples by the federal government, even as those rights are conferred to LGBT families in our neighboring states. That is because New Jersey’s civil union couples are not afforded full marriage equality. The inequality has never been more clear, the debate is over, and the only solution is to grant the freedom to marry now!

“There is no longer any excuse to delay: the state must rectify the discrimination taking place within our borders immediately. It is immoral as it is impractical to force any New Jersey family to be stripped of critical economic and legal protections every time they cross the Hudson or Delaware Rivers to return home from our closest neighboring states.

“More than 60 percent of New Jerseyans across all racial, socioeconomic, and generational divisions agree that the time to enact marriage equality is now, and the government must not abdicate any further responsibility in granting equal rights immediately.

“With today’s decisions by the Court, it’s become more clear than ever that not only are LGBT people treated as second-class citizens in New Jersey, but that New Jersey itself risks becoming a second-class state to its neighbors, where all people will be treated equally at all levels of government.

“Further, we congratulate the people of California on their victory today in restoring equality to our nation’s largest state. With the discriminatory and legally unjustifiable Proposition 8 thrown out by the courts, 30% of our nation’s population will now live in states with marriage equality. New Jersey’s nine million residents look forward to joining them soon.”

Udi Ofer, executive director of the ACLU-NJ, stated:

Given the Supreme Court’s ruling to strike down DOMA, New Jersey is now ground zero for the next big battle for marriage equality. Our state can no longer hide behind the federal government to justify its own discrimination. New Jersey needs to make a choice: will we continue a separate and unequal civil union system, or will we seize this opportunity to extend equal rights to New Jersey’s same-sex couples?

“We believe that the choice is clear: New Jersey should enshrine the Supreme Court’s decision into our state’s law and end discrimination against LGBT couples who wish to marry.

“Today’s decision will go down as a dividing line between an era of intolerance and a future of equality for gay and lesbian Americans. The roughly 130,000 same-sex couples in marriages across America, who have promised to take care of each other in sickness and in health, now have a promise from their government to respect the most important relationship of their lives. The nation’s highest court ruled once and for all that the government cannot treat a committed married couple as if they were strangers.

“We in New Jersey now have even more to fight for. Yesterday, the federal government treated same-sex couples in all states as two strangers. Today, same-sex couples in states that recognize their marriages have validation from their government, while same-sex couples in states like ours still have second-class status. This decision is a joyous occasion, but until New Jersey recognizes that separate civil unions cannot be equal to marriages, Edie Windsor’s victory will be bittersweet.

“New Jerseyans shouldn’t have to cross state lines to receive the equal treatment they deserve. Our fight will not be over until New Jersey implements the principles of the Supreme Court’s decision and ensures that discrimination against LGBT couples does not have a place in our free and democratic society.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Steve Majors | Dir. Communications
202.664.0079 | smajors@familyequality.org

DOMA STRUCK DOWN/MARRIAGE RESTORED TO CALIFORNIA
Family Equality Council Hails Supreme Court Rulings on Marriage Equality
The Voices of Children Key to Decision by Justices

Washington DC – (June 26, 2013) – Family Equality Council, which connects, supports and represents three million parents who are LGBT and their six million children today hailed the Supreme Court’s decisions to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – U.S. v. Windsor. on equal protection grounds and dismiss Proposition 8 – Hollingsworth v. Perry.

Today’s rulings ensure our federal government can no longer discriminate against our families and mean that loving and committed same-sex couples in California will once again have the right to marry.

“This is an historic and momentous day for millions of families in our country with parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) said Family Equality Council Board Chair Alan Bernstein. “Today the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that loving, married same-sex couples and their children deserve equal protection under the law.”

Key to the rulings was an historic Amicus Brief, authored by pro-bono counsel Bryan Cave on behalf of Family Equality Council, which elevated the voices of children of LGBT parents- many of whom are part of a national public education and advocacy program, The Outspoken Generation. In writing the Windsor opinion, Justice Kennedy wrote, DOMA “… humiliates tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples. The law in question makes it even more difficult for the children to understand the integrity and closeness of their own family and its concord with other families in their community and in their daily lives.”

LGBT family advocate and Outspoken Generation Co-Chair Zach Wahls said the rulings reaffirm a message he has been spreading nationally since his 2011 speech before the Iowa legislature went viral on YouTube.

“This is an incredible victory for families like mine,” said Wahls. “Children of LGBT parents deserve to have our voices heard, and today we know that we were. The Supreme Court has finally recognized that our parents and our families deserve to be treated with dignity and respect under the law.”

Outspoken Generation Co-chair Ella Robinson, the daughter of openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson, offered her perspective.

“For more than year, I have traveled across this country, speaking to young people like myself – raised by parents who are LGBT,” said Robinson.“ This is a great day for us, and for our families, because we know that these rulings makes our families that much stronger. These decisions are a huge step forward and I can’t wait for the day where all our families are treated equally under the law.”

Sarah Gogin, the daughter of two fathers who live in California, who have been together more than 40 years, was the named individual amicus on the brief.

“I walked my Dads down the aisle at their wedding in 2008, before California passed Proposition 8, and witnessed them vow to take care of each other forever,” said Gogin. “Now, families all over California can share the feelings of love, security and stability that come with marriage. I hope that soon the laws in other states will catch up, and that all American families will be treated equally under the law.”

Family Equality Council Board Chair Alan Bernstein acknowledged that today’s victories still leave millions of families waiting for the marriage equality.

“On behalf of the six million people in our country who have LGBT parents, Family Equality Council will continue to work towards full marriage equality,” said Bernstein. “ We look forward to the day when every family in every state has the right to marry.”


Immigration Equality’s statement:

http://immigrationequality.org/2013/06/lesbian-gay-couples-eligible-for-green-cards-following-supreme-court-decision-on-defense-of-marriage-act/

For Immediate Release Contact: Steve Ralls
June 26, 2013 (202) 347-7007 / sralls@immigrationequality.org

Lesbian & Gay Couples Eligible for Green Cards Following Supreme Court Decision on Defense of Marriage Act
For the first time, Lesbian & Gay Americans May Petition
on Behalf of Foreign Spouses

Washington, DC – Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling striking down a core provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), lesbian and gay Americans will now be eligible to apply for green cards on behalf of their foreign national spouses, the organization Immigration Equality announced today. The court ruled today, in United States v. Windsor, that Section 3 of DOMA, which prohibited the federal government from conferring benefits to married same-sex couples, is unconstitutional. That provision of the law made it impossible for lesbian and gay couples to receive immigration benefits, including green cards.

“At long last, we can now tell our families that yes, they are eligible to apply for green cards,” said Rachel B. Tiven, executive director of Immigration Equality. “Many of our families have waited years, and in some cases decades, for the green card they need to keep their families together. Couples forced into exile will be coming home soon. Americans separated from their spouses are now able to prepare for their reunion. Today’s ruling is literally a life-changing one for those who have suffered under DOMA and our discriminatory immigration laws.”

Immigration Equality provides pro bono legal counsel to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender immigrants and asylum seekers. The organization has trained more than 100 immigration attorneys across the country in preparation for today’s ruling, and will work to connect families with a lawyer specifically trained to help LGBT couples through the green card process. Immigration law recognizes marriages that are valid where celebrated – so couples who marry in a state or country that allows them to do so will be eligible to submit a green card application, even if they live in a state that does not recognize their marriage.

Today’s 5-to-4 ruling, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, noted that, “The Constitution’s guarantee of equality . . . cannot justify disparate treatment of” lesbian and gay couples. Under the law, the Court found, “same-sex married couples have their lives burdened, by reason of government decree, in visible and public ways. By its great reach, DOMA touches many aspects of married and family life, from the mundane to the profound.” By “treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others,” the Court ruled, “the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.”

Immigration Equality, which is representing five binational couples in a federal court challenge in New York, announced today that it has applications pending, and others ready to file immediately, which should be processed and approved soon.

“Today’s decision closes a discriminatory chapter in American immigration law. For 40 years, LGBT individuals were turned away at our borders; Congress called us unfit to be Americans. For LGBT couples, that exclusion continued until today,” Tiven said. “The Court did what Congress would not, and recognized that all loving couples are the same under the Constitution.”

Immigration Equality has posted FAQs for binational couples about the impact of today’s ruling on its website at www.ImmigrationEquality.org.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 26, 2013

Press Contact:

Joe Mirabella, Director of Communications, joe@allout.org, +1 (917) 426-4228

ALL OUT RESPONDS TO U.S. SUPREME COURT MARRIAGE RULINGS

New York, NY – Today, the Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” is unconstitutional and that marriage equality will be returned in California.

“All Out and our more than 1.7 million members around the world are celebrating today. The Supreme Court’s decisions mean that all legally married couples will finally be protected by the federal government and marriage will be returned to California,” said Andre Banks, Executive Director of All Out. “These decisions will have an enormous impact on millions of families and affirm the commitment to equal protection guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution for all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

“While we celebrate this important moment in history, All Out remains laser focused on our mission to bring equality around the world,” Banks said. “There are more than 76 countries that still criminalize the love between gays and lesbians, and 10 countries where the punishment is life in prison or death. We encourage gays and lesbians in the U.S. to remember their brothers and sisters around the world. We must not rest until everyone is treated equally regardless of where they live.”

“While marriage for gays and lesbians will be a reality once again in California, the law is still a complicated mess for gays and lesbians in the United States,” Andre Banks said. “Gay Americans have on again off again protections depending on where they live, and where they travel. This is unacceptable, and un-American. We will continue to fight until the freedom to marry is available in 50 states and every country around the world.”

All Out is actively engaged in the fight for equality in countries around the world. After more than 300,000 All Out members called for marriage in France, and the freedom to marry for gays and lesbians became a reality there this Spring. In Brazil, Colombia, New Zealand, and in state-by-state fights for equality in the U.S., All Out members have responded.

About All Out:

In 76 countries it is a crime to be gay; in 10 it can cost you your life. All Out is mobilizing millions of people and their social networks to build a powerful global movement for love and equality. Our mission is to build a world where no person will have to sacrifice their family or freedom, safety or dignity, because of who they are or who they love.


Freedom to Marry’s response:

06/26/2013

Supreme Court Strikes Down Central Part of DOMA, Dismisses Prop 8 Case on Standing
An end to federal ‘gay exception,’ and a return of freedom to marry in CA

Press Contacts:

Nicole Collins Bronzan
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry
nicole@freedomtomarry.org
646-375-2044

Angela Dallara
Communications Associate, Freedom to Marry
angela@freedomtomarry.org
646-430-3925

Washington, DC — The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a central part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act today, ruling that DOMA’s Section 3, which denies legally married same-sex couples the federal protections and responsibilities triggered by marriage, violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution.

In a separate case, the court ruled that the sponsors of Proposition 8, which stripped same-sex couples of the right to marry, had no legitimate interest in prosecuting an appeal over the objections of state officials. The decision means that the trial court ruling striking down the law stands, restoring the freedom to marry in California.

Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, issued the following statement:

“The Supreme Court has issued two rulings for freedom and fairness today. Striking down the heart of DOMA, the justices have affirmed that all married couples are equal, ending the ‘gay exception’ that relegated same-sex couples to second-class status for too long. Married couples – gay or non-gay – should be treated as what they are: married. And the ruling on Prop 8 ends marriage discrimination in California, meaning that nearly a third of Americans now live in a state with the freedom to marry.

“This is truly a day of celebration for loving and committed same-sex couples and their families – and for all of us who believe in the American journey to equality under the law and the pursuit of happiness, with liberty and justice for all. The Supreme Court’s mortal blow to DOMA puts the moral weight of the federal government on the side of all Americans who seek to share in the freedom to marry and all its protections and responsibilities.

“And with California now joining 12 other states as engines moving the country forward, Freedom to Marry will continue working our winning strategy: winning more states, fully overturning DOMA to end federal marriage discrimination, and continuing to grow the national majority for marriage. Before long we will be ready to go back before the Supreme Court and win the freedom to marry nationwide.”

The court’s decision on DOMA removes the discriminatory federal law that denied married same-sex couples more than 1,100 protections and responsibilities automatically afforded to other married couples, including Social Security survivor benefits, access to health care and family leave, the ability to pool resources without adverse tax treatment, parenting rights, and familial status for immigration purposes. Freedom to Marry will work to ensure smooth implementation of the constitutional command of equal respect and protection across all federal programs.

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Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2013

Charles Joughin | Charles.Joughin@hrc.org | 202-423-2885

Supreme Court Returns Marriage Equality to California and Strikes Down DOMA

Monumental victories reveal two tiers of equality in America

WASHINGTON – In recent years, California’s Proposition 8 and the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act became symbols of anti-LGBT discrimination around the country and around the world. Today, both crumbled.

In a watershed moment in the fight for equality, the United States Supreme Court today ruled to return marriage equality to California and to strike down DOMA. The court ruled in the Prop 8 case on procedural grounds, not reaching a decision on the merits of Prop 8 or the broader question of whether the Constitution guarantees the fundamental right to marry the person you love.

Marriages in California are expected to begin again soon. While a joyous milestone, these victories nonetheless throw into sharp relief the uneven progress for LGBT people around the country—a landscape where states like California are rapidly advancing toward equality, but progress in many other places remains stagnant.

“Today’s historic decisions put two giant cracks in the dark wall of discrimination that separates committed gay and lesbian couples from full equality,” said HRC president Chad Griffin, who brought together the bipartisan legal team of Ted Olson and David Boies that brought the Proposition 8 case to the Supreme Court. “While we celebrate the victory for Californians today, tomorrow we turn our attention to the millions of LGBT people who don’t feel the reach of these decisions. From the Rocky Mountains to the heart of the South, it’s time to push equality forward until every American can marry the person they love and all LGBT people are guaranteed equal protection under the law.”

HRC is committed to accelerating the progress of marriage equality through ongoing financial and strategic assistance to efforts in states around the country, including New Jersey, Hawaii, Oregon, Nevada and others. And with the Defense of Marriage Act gone, the organization is pushing hard to ensure that the Obama administration cuts through regulatory clutter and delivers the greatest number of benefits to the greatest amount of people.

“These decisions underscore the emergence of two Americas. In one, LGBT citizens are nearing full equality. In the other, our community lacks even the most basic protections,” said Griffin. “Everywhere that injustice still prevails, we will fight for justice. And our message to those who cement their feet on the wrong side of history is that we will win.”

Hollingsworth v. Perry, previously known as Perry v. Schwarzenegger and Perry v. Brown, was filed on behalf of two same-sex couples in federal district court in California in May 2009. Under the sponsorship of the American Foundation for Equality Rights – co-founded by HRC President Chad Griffin – and represented by conservative attorney Ted Olson and liberal attorney David Boies, the plaintiffs achieved victories in both district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, both of which ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

In Windsor v. U.S., Edie Windsor, represented by the ACLU and the law firm Paul Weiss, challenged section 3 of DOMA which required her to pay $363,000 in estate taxes after her partner and spouse of more than 40 years passed away. If Edie had been married to a man, instead of a woman, it is undisputed that her estate tax bill would have been zero.

Lawfully-married couples living in marriage equality states will soon have equal access to all the federal rights and benefits based on marital status. For married couples living in states without marriage equality, there is less clarity. Even with DOMA out of the way, different federal programs have different rules that determine where an agency looks to decide if a marriage is valid – either place of celebration or place of residence. Most of these rules are policies, regulations or simply practices that the Obama Administration can change through existing processes to ensure that married same-sex couples, wherever they may live, have access to the federal rights and benefits they deserve. Under the current rules and practices, a lawfully-married same-sex couple living in a state that does not recognize their marriage will have access to some federal rights and benefits, but may not have access to many others, depending on how the court rules. Working with a coalition of groups, HRC has raised these issues with the Administration and will be working tirelessly to see the necessary changes made so that the largest number of married same-sex couples have access to the largest number of rights and benefits under federal law.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Steve Majors | Dir. Communications
202.664.0079 | smajors@familyequality.org

DOMA STRUCK DOWN/MARRIAGE RESTORED TO CALIFORNIA
Family Equality Council Hails Supreme Court Rulings on Marriage Equality
The Voices of Children Key to Decision by Justices

Washington DC – (June 26, 2013) – Family Equality Council, which connects, supports and represents three million parents who are LGBT and their six million children today hailed the Supreme Court’s decisions to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – U.S. v. Windsor. on equal protection grounds and dismiss Proposition 8 – Hollingsworth v. Perry.

Today’s rulings ensure our federal government can no longer discriminate against our families and mean that loving and committed same-sex couples in California will once again have the right to marry.

“This is an historic and momentous day for millions of families in our country with parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) said Family Equality Council Board Chair Alan Bernstein. “Today the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that loving, married same-sex couples and their children deserve equal protection under the law.”

Key to the rulings was an historic Amicus Brief, authored by pro-bono counsel Bryan Cave on behalf of Family Equality Council, which elevated the voices of children of LGBT parents- many of whom are part of a national public education and advocacy program, The Outspoken Generation. In writing the Windsor opinion, Justice Kennedy wrote, DOMA “… humiliates tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples. The law in question makes it even more difficult for the children to understand the integrity and closeness of their own family and its concord with other families in their community and in their daily lives.”

LGBT family advocate and Outspoken Generation Co-Chair Zach Wahls said the rulings reaffirm a message he has been spreading nationally since his 2011 speech before the Iowa legislature went viral on YouTube.

“This is an incredible victory for families like mine,” said Wahls. “Children of LGBT parents deserve to have our voices heard, and today we know that we were. The Supreme Court has finally recognized that our parents and our families deserve to be treated with dignity and respect under the law.”

Outspoken Generation Co-chair Ella Robinson, the daughter of openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson, offered her perspective.

“For more than year, I have traveled across this country, speaking to young people like myself – raised by parents who are LGBT,” said Robinson.“ This is a great day for us, and for our families, because we know that these rulings makes our families that much stronger. These decisions are a huge step forward and I can’t wait for the day where all our families are treated equally under the law.”

Sarah Gogin, the daughter of two fathers who live in California, who have been together more than 40 years, was the named individual amicus on the brief.

“I walked my Dads down the aisle at their wedding in 2008, before California passed Proposition 8, and witnessed them vow to take care of each other forever,” said Gogin. “Now, families all over California can share the feelings of love, security and stability that come with marriage. I hope that soon the laws in other states will catch up, and that all American families will be treated equally under the law.”

Family Equality Council Board Chair Alan Bernstein acknowledged that today’s victories still leave millions of families waiting for the marriage equality.

“On behalf of the six million people in our country who have LGBT parents, Family Equality Council will continue to work towards full marriage equality,” said Bernstein. “ We look forward to the day when every family in every state has the right to marry.”


In historic ruling, United States Supreme Court strikes down so-called ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ (DOMA), restores marriage equality in California
Contact:
Rich Ferraro
Vice President of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8011
ferraro@glaad.org

NEW YORK, NY, June 26, 2013 – In a landmark victory for equality, the United States Supreme Court today struck down the so-called ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ or DOMA, a law that prohibited the federal government from recognizing legally married same-sex couples. In a 5 to 4 ruling, the Court determined that “DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty.”

For a list of available spokespeople, including married same-sex couples, faith leaders, marriage experts and more, visit http://glaad.org/marriage/forpress

For additional resources, including facts and figures, as well as information about United States v Windsor and Hollingsworth v Perry, visit http://glaad.org/marriage

“At long last, the legal marriages of countless gay and lesbian couples will be afforded the same federal recognition and protections as any other,” said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz. “Today is a cornerstone for justice and equality — when our nation once again moved closer to recognizing and celebrating all LGBT Americans for their contributions to our great country.”

The Court also denied standing in Hollingsworth v Perry, which challenged the constitutionality of California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 or Prop. 8, a statewide ban on marriage equality. The decision will restore marriage equality in California.

“Fairness has finally been restored in California,” said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz. “A majority of Americans, and now the highest Court in the land, agree that it’s wrong to strip loving and committed gay and lesbian couples of the fundamental opportunity to marry the person you love. Today, we stand in solidarity with millions of Californians, who can finally say ‘I do’ to the person they love.”

A March 2013 Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that 58 percent of Americans “believe it should be legal for gay and lesbian couples to get married; 36 percent say it should be illegal.”

Yesterday, GLAAD expressed disappointment that a critical section of the Voting Rights Act was ruled unconstitutional, thus removing voting protections for vulnerable Americans, including LGBT Americans. For more information: http://www.glaad.org/blog/glaad-lgbt-advocacy-groups-stand-civil-rights-orgs-disappointment-supreme-court-ruling-voting

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About GLAAD: GLAAD amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.


PFAW Foundation statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Layne Amerikaner or Miranda Blue
at 202-467-4999 / media@pfaw.org
June 26, 2013

PFAW Foundation Applauds Wins at Supreme Court

The Supreme Court today ruled Section Three of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional as a violation of the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection. At the same time the court ruled that the proponents of California’s Proposition 8 did not have standing to appeal the pro-equality decision of District Court Judge Vaughn Walker. People For the American Way Foundation President Michael Keegan issued the following statement:

“Today’s DOMA ruling is a profound step forward for loving, committed same-sex couples across the country. The decision is premised on the plain fact that there is no good reason for the government to recognize some legally married couples while discriminating against others.

“While the outcome of Hollingsworth v. Perry reflects a missed opportunity to affirm the freedom to marry nationwide, it also serves a long-overdue restoration of justice to the thousands of loving couples in California who suddenly saw their marriages put up for a popular vote. This decision clears the way for same-sex couples in California to once again be treated equally under the law.

“Today isn’t just a good day for the LGBT community. It’s an important victory for all Americans who value the principle of equal justice under law and who believe that the long arc of the universe bends ultimately towards justice.

“I couldn’t be happier that Section Three of DOMA and Prop 8 have been consigned to the dustbin of history. But we won’t rest until couples in every state have an equal right to marry the under the law. There’s plenty of work left to do. We can’t wait to do it.”


From PFLAG National:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2013
Liz Owen | lowen@pflag.org> | (202) 467-8180 ext. 214

GOOD-BYE DOMA AND PROP 8, HELLO MARRIAGE!

PFLAG families everywhere celebrate today’s historic victories for equality, gear up for further work to be done to move the country toward full equality and acceptance for their LGBT loved ones

WASHINGTON – PFLAG National—the nation’s largest organization of families, friends and allies united with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people – celebrated today’s victory at the United States Supreme Court, striking down both Section Three of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional, and Proposition 8 on standing, which means the restoration of marriage equality to the state of California.

“Today, committed and loving LGBT couples and their families, friends and allies in California and across the country celebrate a huge step forward towards full acceptance and equality,” said PFLAG National Executive Director Jody M. Huckaby. “The Supreme Court’s dual rulings affirm what we at PFLAG have always known to be true: that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are fundamental rights for all Americans, and that denial of those rights seriously harms LGBT people and their families.”

Joining in the celebration were PFLAG members and supporters from across the country who had worked tirelessly to ensure that their loved ones would receive equal treatment under the law.

Said PFLAG Los Angeles President Mariette Sawchuk, “When my son Stephen came out he said to me, ‘Mom, all I have ever wanted is to have a family and to have a marriage like yours and Dad’s.’ Thanks to today’s ruling, my twin sons–both of whom are gay–will have the opportunity to share in an enduring, loving, legally recognized and protected marriage.”

Sawchuk was one of several PFLAG members who shared personal stories in an Amicus Brief submitted by PFLAG to the Supreme Court regarding Proposition 8.

Another PFLAGer who participated in the brief was Eric Brock, whose older brother Brandon is gay. While Eric, Brandon, and each of their spouses celebrated today’s rulings, they acknowledged that there is still work to be done; Brandon and his spouse, Alexis Caloza, were married in New York and reside in San Francisco, where–thanks to today’s ruling–their marriage is now legal again. But Eric still resides in Arkansas where the brothers were born and raised, a state whose constitution bans same-sex marriage and civil unions.

Said the younger Brock, “I am incredibly excited that my brother’s New York State marriage will be recognized by the Federal government and in the state of California where he now lives. This was a big step forward, but there is still a long way to go to reach full equality. We need to keep working so that If Brandon and Alexis should ever choose to return to Arkansas, the federal government would provide them all the benefits of marriage within that state…even if the state itself didn’t yet legally recognize their relationship.”

PFLAG National ED Huckaby agreed with Brock, stating, “PFLAG National and its vast chapter network will continue to move hearts and change minds to win full marriage equality at the federal level and in more states, and to grow support among the majority of Americans throughout the country. Together, we will continue to affirm the message that, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, love is love, family is family, and marriage is marriage.”

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About PFLAG National
Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original family and ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies united with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education and advocacy. PFLAG has more than 368 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states. To learn more, please visit http://www.pflag.org, and connect with PFLAG National on Facebook and Twitter.


GLSEN Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Historic Rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8:

GLSEN CONTACT:

Andy Marra
Public Relations Manager
646-388-6575
amarra@glsen.org

NEW YORK – June 26, 2013 – GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8.

“Today’s Supreme Court decisions mark an incredible turning point in the lives of millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Sadly, many millions more still do not have the freedom to marry. While these decisions are an important step, we look forward to the day when discrimination directed at LGBT people is a subject for school history textbooks.

It is also important for schools to recognize that, regardless of the Supreme Court’s decisions and the laws in each state, families headed by LGBT people exist in every state in the country. Schools have an obligation to ensure that all youth are welcome and included in classroom discussions about diverse families. GLSEN’s “Ready, Set, Respect!” toolkit, developed in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), provides curricular resources on discussing family diversity in the elementary classroom setting.”

ABOUT GLSEN

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN’s research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.


COURAGE CAMPAIGN: HISTORIC DAY FOR EQUALITY

Statement of Rick Jacobs, founder and chair of the CourageCampaign.org, a leading California-based progressive organization, on today’s Supreme Court rulings:

“Today the nation took another historic step towards creating a more perfect union. This is a watershed moment for equality and a clear statement from the highest court in the land that discrimination and hatred have no place in a country founded on the principles of liberty, justice and equality. The judiciary has now caught up with the American public and the tremendous momentum our movement has had since the passage of Prop. 8 five years ago. Love should not be legislated or litigated. We hope today’s rulings settle this issue once and for all as we celebrate loving couples marrying in California and across the country in the coming weeks, months and years.”

*** Rick Jacobs is available to discuss the legal and political ramifications of today’s rulings. To schedule an interview contact Doug Gordon (202) 494-5141, doug@fitzgibbonmedia.com or Brett Abrams (516)841-1105 , brett@fitzgibbonmedia.com ***

Courage Campaign’s and the fight against Prop 8:
March 2009: the Courage Campaign launches the powerful “Fidelity video”. It quickly becomes the most-watched political video in California history: http://www.couragecampaign.org/page/s/divorce.

May 2009: the Courage Campaign becomes the first group to publicly support the lawsuit against Prop 8.

January 2010: Courage Campaign members submit more than 110,000 letters to Judge Walker’s Northern District Court calling for the Prop. 8 Trial to be broadcast publicly. This online effort is twice mentioned in Justice Breyer’s dissent in the 5-4 Supreme Court decision that prevented the case from being televised. Courage Campaign becomes the “blog of record” providing live, contemporaneous transcription of the entire trial at Courage Campaign Institute’s EqualityOnTrial.com, generating over 1 million views during the trial and eventually over 5 million views and 175,000 comments.

January 2010- today: Courage Campaign Institute’s EqualityOnTrial.com blogged every oral argument, every motion, every brief, every decision, every hearing, everything. Becomes the #1 result when most people Google “Prop 8 trial” higher than Wikipedia. Today it has over 5 million views.


National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

MEDIA CONTACT:

Mark Daley
Director of Communications
(Office) 202.639.6325
(Cell) 202.379.8318
mdaley@theTaskForce.org

Supreme Court Marriage Decision: “Significant Leap forward” for LGBT Equality Says Task Force

WASHINGTON, June 26 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is hailing today’s Supreme Court rulings related to marriage equality as historic and far reaching.

“Today’s historic decisions are a significant leap forward for freedom and justice for same-sex couples and their families, the LGBT community and for our nation — and a lot more work needs to be done to deliver marriage equality to the rest of our nation’s same-sex couples and their families and full equality in every other respect for all LGBT people,” said Rea Carey, Task Force Executive Director.

The Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

On the Proposition 8 case, the lower federal court had ruled it to be unconstitutional — and the High Court today allowed this ruling to stand. Marriage equality is now reestablished in California. In all, the federal government will now recognize the marriages of same-sex couples and couples will be able to marry once again in California, our nation’s most populous state.

“These rulings mean stronger families and communities across our nation: Millions of same-sex married couples will gain access to all of the benefits associated with marriage. These include: health care, Social Security, housing and income security — all key components of the American Dream,” Carey said.

“However, those legally married same-sex couples (and widows or widowers) who have moved to — or now live in — a state that discriminates against their marriages, may face barriers to their federal marital protections. We will fight this.”

Carey noted that while same-sex couples will now be able to get married in California if they choose:

“Now is not the time to be complacent on other LGBT-related issues. While we welcome marriage equality again in California, we know there are couples in 37 states who still lack the ability to get married in their own state and we still live in a world where a married LGBT person can go to work and get fired for who they are or who they love — and there are other issues that impact the lives of LGBT people that the ability to marry doesn’t resolve.”

For example, students won’t feel any safer in school; seniors won’t get more appropriate care; transgender people won’t stop experiencing violence and discrimination. And these rulings do not address the fact that people of color — especially LGBT people of color — still experience discrimination at every level of society.

“We must intensify our efforts in other areas. We must pass employment non-discrimination legislation and comprehensive immigration reform,” Carey urged.

Now that the Supreme Court has made its decision, implementation will be key.

“Today, history was made not only by the Supreme Court, but by the hundreds of thousands of people across the country who have worked for marriage equality in the states and federally. Now we have to work harder than ever to ensure that all same-sex couples have marriage equality across our nation — and all LGBT people have full equality in every other respect,” Carey noted.

The Task Force has played a leading role in the United For Marriage coalition.

To join us in this nationwide effort to create lasting, positive change for LGBT people and their families, please go to www.TheTaskForce.org (http://www.TheTaskForce.org).

To learn more about the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, visit www.theTaskForce.org (http://www.thetaskforce.org/) and follow us on Twitter: @TheTaskForce (http://www.twitter.com/thetaskforce).

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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund builds the grassroots political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Task Force Action Fund does this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation, and works to pass pro-LGBT legislation and other progressive initiatives. The Task Force Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation incorporated in New York.Contributions to the Task Force Action Fund are not tax-deductible.


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Statement in Response to Supreme Court Decisions on Marriage Equality Cases

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

“The debate over marriage equality is about fairness – about whether gay and lesbian Americans deserve to be treated just like their family members, their friends, and their neighbors. It’s about opportunity – about whether every American gets to dream the same dreams, chase the same ambitions, and have the same shot at success. And it’s about freedom –the freedom to love, the freedom to commit, the freedom to build a family. Most of all, it’s about whether the progress our country has made will be reflected in our laws.

One thing is clear; people’s views on marriage equality are changing because they believe LGBT family members, friends, and neighbors deserve to be treated like everyone else in the United States.

Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions in two historic cases that reflect the progress we have all witnessed across our country. This progress is defined by the ideal that more and more Americans want to leave to the next generation a country that is more equal, not less.

The nation’s highest court reaffirmed our founding belief that all Americans are created equal under the law. The Court made a strong statement for equality and freedom, overturning discrimination against gay and lesbian American citizens simply because of who they love.

While this is a huge step forward for our country, the fight to make America more equal does not end with a Supreme Court decision. There is more work to be done to fulfill the promise of freedom and equality for all – in which America becomes a place where every family’s love and commitment can be recognized and respected under the law.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2013

Charles Joughin | Charles.Joughin@hrc.org | 202-423-2885

President Obama Calls HRC President Chad Griffin and Prop 8 Plaintiffs to Offer Congratulations

Call from Air Force One Played Live on MSNBC

WASHINGTON – Calling from Air Force One, President Obama this morning placed a call to HRC President Chad Griffin’s cell phone in order to offer his congratulations to Prop 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry & Sandy Stier and Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo. The call came as Perry and Stier were speaking to Thomas Roberts live on MSNBC. During the call which lasted two minutes and caller ID labeled “unknown,” the President expressed his thanks to the plaintiffs for their courage and determination in returning marriage equality to California.

“We’re proud of you guys, and we’re proud to have this in California,” Obama said, according to audio that aired live on MSNBC as the president spoke by phone from aboard Air Force One en route to Senegal. “And it’s because of your leadership things are heading the right way. So you should be very proud today.”

Watch the call here: http://youtu.be/T3uXbMJftBc” target=”_blank”>http://youtu.be/T3uXbMJftBc

The administration had filed a brief in the Perry case arguing for an end to Proposition 8.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.


ILLINOIS UNITES FOR MARRIAGE RESPONDS TO HISTORIC SUPREME COURT RULINGS
JUN 26, 2013
Following historic Supreme Court decisions that struck down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and restored the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in California, Illinois Unites for Marriage released the following statements:

On U.S. v. Windsor:

Today, the highest court in the United States struck down the core of the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming that all committed, loving couples need the respect and dignity of marriage. Today’s historic decision means that thousands of married lesbian and gay couples, in states where the freedom to marry is recognized, can better protect one another and their children. Now more than ever, it’s time for Illinois to join those states on the right side of history and grant those families the federal safety net that marriage can now provide them. The Illinois House of Representatives must act quickly and address this inequity by passing Senate Bill 10 in the upcoming veto session. Illinois cannot stand idle while the momentum for marriage continues across the country, and Illinois Unites will continue to work on winning the freedom to marry for all Illinois families.

On Hollingsworth v. Perry:

Illinois Unites is extremely happy for California, a state that now re-joins the momentum for marriage that is happening across the country. Today’s ruling now places a full 30% of the American public in jurisdictions that grants same-sex couples the freedom to marry. We urge the Illinois House of Representatives to add the Land of Lincoln to the growing roster of states that grant same-sex couples the dignity and respect of marriage. The House should act quickly to pass Senate Bill 10 and make Illinois the next state to extend the freedom to marry to our gay and lesbian friends, neighbors, colleagues and family members.


Statement From CAC:

CONSTITUTIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY CENTER

For Immediate Release: June 26, 2013
Contact: Doug Pennington 202-296-6889 x303 (cell 202-330-2974)
pennington@theusconstitution.org

CAC Reacts To Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Decisions

SUPREME COURT PLAZA, Washington, DC – On news this morning that the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its opinions in the two marriage equality cases argued this Term – Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor, Constitutional Accountability Center Vice President Judith E. Schaeffer — who was in the Court for today’s announcements — released the following statement:

“Today was a big victory for equality at the Supreme Court.

“In a resounding decision striking down a core part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Court held that the Constitution prohibits the federal government from making legally married same-sex couples second class citizens.

“Then, in a second ruling, the Court let stand the District Court’s holding that California’s Proposition 8 violates the Fourteenth Amendment rights of gay men and lesbians in California. Proposition 8 and the regime of federal discrimination under DOMA are no more.

“Ten years ago today in the landmark case of Lawrence v. Texas, the Court struck down state laws making gay men and lesbians criminals. Today is another huge step forward in vindicating the Constitution’s promise of equality for all persons.”


From the Concerned Women For America:

BREAKING: Supreme Court Stands on Shaky Ground, Losing Credibility Fast
By Penny Nance and Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court has just released the much-awaited decisions on same-sex “marriage” in Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor. Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), issued the following statement:

“Today the Supreme Court issued the Roe v. Wade of marriage. These rulings will continue to divide our Republic just as Roe continues to do 40 years later. The Supreme Court continues to lose credibility at an alarming rate with today’s decision.

“In Hollingsworth, the Proposition 8 case, five Justices have just given effective veto power to a few privileged individuals over the more than seven million Californians who voted to protect marriage as the union between one man and one woman. In doing so, they destroy the initiative measure process, the principal purpose of which is to override the actions or inactions of elected representatives who are not listening to ‘we the people.’ Now it is in the hands of those who do not want the law to defend it. Even the liberal Supreme Court of California had ruled in favor of standing for the Proposition 8 proponents. Think about that. The Supreme Courts stands to the left of the California Supreme Court.

“In Windsor, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case, the Court acts as a super legislature. Over one thousand laws were passed with the traditional definition of marriage in mind. Today, the Court uses its powers to amend those laws with one stroke of the pen. Remember, DOMA only defined marriage for federal purposes. It did not impose any definition of marriage on any state. This is one more example of the Court legislating from the bench, instead of employing the judicial restraint envisioned by our Constitution.

“While the justices sit in their high chairs, these decisions will have very real-life consequences for American families, especially as it relates to our religious liberties. Those who hold a Biblical view of marriage can expect much persecution from the government in the years to come. In addition the thirty-eight states that have affirmed the traditional definition of marriage can expect to be dragged into future courts. The Justices have thrust us into another life-long battle for religious freedom and a bitter dispute for truth, just as they did with Roe.”

Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Director and Senior Fellow of CWA’s Beverly LaHaye Institute, issued the following statement:

“The Supreme Court rulings fly in the face of reams of research showing that the best household arrangement for children is a married mom and dad. It contradicts centuries of experience across time and cultures for the best family structure for strong nations. It represents a national experiment in social reconstruction at the expense of our children’s futures and the future of America. These decisions repudiate–with a vengeance–the sacred trust of the founders who built this great nation ‘under God’ and on a foundation of Judeo- Christian principles that have stood the test of time.”

If you would like an interview with Penny Nance or Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, please contact Alison Howard at ahoward@cwfa.org or 202-266-4816.


From the American Family Association:

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096

June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Reverses Prop 8, Overturns DOMA

American Family Association Says Christians Must Now Focus on Protecting Religious Freedoms

The Supreme Court of the United States today announced its decision to reverse the voter-approved Proposition 8 in California, making it legal for same-sex couples to wed in the state.

The court’s ruling on Prop 8 will take 25 days to go into effect, which allows for an appeal to the court to revisit its ruling. Without such an appeal, same-sex marriages could resume in California in July.

Additionally, the Supreme Court handed down its decision to overturn provisions in DOMA—the Defense of Marriage Act. SCOTUS considered the case United States v. Windsor, which takes to task the term “marriage” in DOMA. Signed in 1996 by President Bill Clinton, DOMA says “the word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife,” and the term “‘spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex.” Today, the Supreme Court found that language to be unconstitutional and therefore overturned provisions in the law protecting traditional marriage.

American Family Association now asks, “What can Christians do in the wake of this disappointing decision?”

“We are deeply saddened by today’s decision to not only allow but encourage same-sex marriage in our country—a country that was founded on biblical principles. We mourn for America’s future, but we are not without hope,” said Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association. “Our next line of defense is to vigorously protect our religious liberty. The homosexual lobby and agenda is running rampant across America, and is even pervading our elementary schools. The judicial activism that is being demonstrated is deplorable as the Supreme Court is imposing its will on the people and legislatures of the fifty states in our United States of America. Now, we must warn against the coming persecution, the barrage of criticism and the aggressive action of the homosexual agenda to indoctrinate and change the thoughts and convictions of Americans to accept this lifestyle as the new normal. In addition, the trend of classifying statements that have a biblical foundation as ‘hate speech’ is one that AFA will do everything in its power to prevent.”

The Supreme Court’s reversal of Prop 8, in which voters approved a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between one man and one woman, has far-reaching effects in states besides California.

To prepare for this summer’s decision, the Supreme Court was presented a question about whether the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution permits a state to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Today’s ruling striking down Prop 8 means that state bans on gay marriage would also be unconstitutional, at least within the nine states under the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit—Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii.

For more information on American Family Association, visit www.afa.net.

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To interview a representative from American Family Association, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.


From the Family Research Counsel:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2013
CONTACT: J.P. Duffy or Darin Miller, (866) FRC-NEWS or (866) 372-6397

Supreme Court’s Refusal to Redefine Marriage Nationwide Allows American People to Consider Consequences of Redefinition

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement in response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court rulings on marriage:

“While we are disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the court today did not impose the sweeping nationwide redefinition of natural marriage that was sought. Time is not on the side of those seeking to create same-sex ‘marriage.’ As the American people are given time to experience the actual consequences of redefining marriage, the public debate and opposition to the redefinition of natural marriage will undoubtedly intensify.

“We are encouraged that the court learned from the disaster of Roe v. Wade and refrained from redefining marriage for the entire country. However, by striking down the federal definition of marriage in DOMA, the Court is asserting that Congress does not have the power to define the meaning of words in statutes Congress itself has enacted. This is absurd. The Defense of Marriage Act imposes no uniform definition of marriage upon the individual states. However, the states should not be able to impose varying definitions of marriage upon the federal government. The ruling that the federal government must recognize same-sex ‘marriages’ in states that recognize them raises as many questions as it answers. For example, what is the status of such couples under federal law if they move to another state that does not recognize their ‘marriage?’ This decision throws open the doors for whole new rounds of litigation.

“We are disturbed that the court refused to acknowledge that the proponents of Proposition 8 have standing to defend Proposition 8. This distorts the balance of powers between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. The Court’s decision allows the executive branch to effectively veto any duly enacted law, simply by refusing to defend it against a constitutional challenge. Ironically, by refusing to defend the law, California’s executive branch has also denied the nation any definitive ruling on the constitutionality of defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

“What is inevitable is that the male and female relationship will continue to be uniquely important to the future of society. The reality is that society needs children, and children need a mom and a dad. We will continue to work to restore and promote a healthy marriage culture, which will maximize the chances of a child being raised by a married mother and father,” Perkins concluded.

Perkins will discuss the Court’s decision today on his daily radio show, Washington Watch, heard daily from 5-6 p.m. Eastern on the American Family Radio network and online at www.TonyPerkins.com.

FRC’s Ken Klukowski, J.D. attended oral arguments. He co-authored a legal brief in the marriage litigation. FRC’s Chris Gacek, J.D., Ph.D., worked with Paul B. Linton, J.D. of the Thomas More Society on FRC’s amicus briefs in the DOMA and Prop 8 cases.

FRC’s Defense of Marriage Act amicus brief: http://www.frc.org/legalbrief/amicus-brief-us-v-windsor

FRC’s Proposition 8 amicus brief: http://www.frc.org/legalbrief/amicus-brief-hollingsworth-v-perry


From the Illinois Family Institute:

IFI Statement on SCOTUS Rulings on Marriage
Written By David E. Smith

The U.S. Supreme Court, our federal and state governments should work to preserve the marriage laws in Proposition 8 and DOMA — not undermine them. It’s abundantly clear they don’t understand the unique purpose and nature of marriage. It is the ONLY relationship of interest to the government because it has the potential to produce children and is the best environment in which to raise the next generation of healthy and productive members of society.

Moreover, the Court trampled on ‘we the people’ and ignored the constitutional authority of the American people to determine marriage policy. We will continue to stand up for marriage as the union of one man and one woman because of the reality that children need and deserve both a mom and a dad. Neither are expendable.

Lastly, these rulings advance the homosexual political agenda, and will lead to more anti-religious bigotry and persecution. While conservative people of faith and moral conscience should be able to freely exercise their religious beliefs, as guaranteed by the First Amendment, these newly manufactured rights are being used to quash individual liberties.


From the Traditional Values Coalition:

Statement Regarding Supreme Court Rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8

Washington D.C. (June 26th, 2013) — Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) founder and chairman Rev. Louis P. Sheldon and TVC president Andrea Lafferty issued the following statement regarding today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8:

“Some days our civilization erodes slightly in feet and inches, other days it drops a mile at a time. Today is one of those days when our culture’s decline is widely felt.

“The climate in America has changed because America has become a blur. Our government is a scandal-ridden, ominous force operating outside the U.S. Constitution. There is no long any “Unum” to which the many can rally.

“Justice Scalia’s great dissent on DOMA today needs to be preserved for that day in the future when the real impact of this decision is felt, that day when perhaps another generation assesses who spoke up and what was done when a great darkness began to overtake our country.

“On Proposition 8 — where the 7 million voters of California who voted to protect marriage now have a great deal of work to do — 37 other states now have ironclad protections when it comes to defending the institution of marriage at the state level. We welcome the public debate, and look forward to the day when the right of all children to a mother and a father are respected.”


From the Christian Civic League:

Statement of Supreme Court’s DOMA decision

The Christian Civic League disagrees with the Supreme Court’s opinion that DOMA is unconstitutional by ruling states have the right to force a definition of marriage upon the federal government. However we are encouraged by the ruling to vacate the Ninth District Court’s decision regarding Proposition 8. These decisions do not change the timeless truth that marriage is the union between one man and one woman, and society as a whole and children, in particular, benefit from this model.

We believe these decisions leave options open for a continued and vigorous advocacy of traditional marriage on a state-by-state basis.


From the Campaign for Children and Families:

SAVECALIFORNIA.COM NEWS RELEASE

June 26, 2013 — For Immediate Release
Prop. 8, Natural Marriage, Killed Off By Federal Judiciary
Thomasson: “The Supreme Court has done vast damage to man-woman marriage, the foundation of the natural family.”

Sacramento, California — SaveCalifornia.com, representing the truth of man-woman marriage supported by millions of Californians, is saddened and disappointed that Proposition 8, reserving marriage licenses for ‘a man and a woman’ in the California Constitution, has been dashed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Sexual behavior does not constitute a civil right, but the Supreme Court has done vast damage to man-woman marriage, the foundation of the natural family.” said Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, which promotes moral virtues for the common good.

“The high court’s refusal to correct the unconstitutional rulings of lower-court judges and the dereliction of duty by constitution-bound state officials demonstrates that not only is natural, man-woman marriage no longer respected but neither is our republic and system of written laws,” Thomasson said.

“Because the high court didn’t care about protecting natural marriage or even the initiative process, they have allowed unnatural, homosexual ‘marriages’ to resume in California as role models for children,” Thomasson said. “Today, marriage, children, and the rule of law all suffer.”

“Because they refused to do their sworn, constitutional duties to defend in court Prop. 8 as approved by the People of California, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have infamously created false, homosexual ‘marriages’ in California, which will greatly confuse children,” Thomasson said.

“The justices had a simple question before them, and the answer is also simple when you abide by the written Constitution,” Thomasson explained. “First, marriage is not in the U.S. Constitution. Second, the 14th Amendment, which is not about marriage but about race, and not about couples but individuals, does not apply to Prop. 8. Third, the 10th Amendment recognizes states have powers that are not federal powers and that are not prohibited by the Constitution. Fourth, Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution guarantees a republican form of government to each state, where a written constitution is the supreme law of the state. Fifth, the California Constitution contains Proposition 8 as Article 1, Section 7.5. Therefore, Prop. 8 should have been upheld.”

Thomasson has been defending marriage rights for man-woman marriage since 1994. Together with Liberty Counsel, SaveCalifornia.com filed an amicus brief supporting Prop. 8 with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Documentation on homosexual “civil rights” claim / Not Born This Way

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Via Aliance Defending Freedom:

Supreme Court strikes down DOMA

ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM COMMENT
June 26, 2013 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Austin R. Nimocks regarding the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor:

“The Supreme Court got it wrong in saying that a state that has redefined marriage can force that definition on the federal government. The federal government should be able to define what marriage is for federal law just as states need to be able to define what marriage is for state law. Americans should be able to continue advancing the truth about marriage between a man and a woman and why it matters for children, civil society, and limited government.”

“Marriage–the union of husband and wife–is timeless, universal, and special, particularly because children need a mother and a father. That’s why 38 states and 94 percent of countries worldwide affirm marriage as the union of a man and a woman, just as diverse cultures and faiths have throughout history.”

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