FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2006
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CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE IF EXCLUDING SAME-SEX COUPLES FROM MARRIAGE VIOLATES CONSTITUTION
EQCA Hopes High Court Will Rule State's Marriage Law Unconstitutional
San Francisco - The California Supreme Court announced today it will decide whether excluding same-sex couples from marriage in the Golden State is a violation of the state's constitution.
Plaintiffs in the case, including Equality California (EQCA), appealed a lower court's decision in November. The couples and organizations involved in the lawsuit, being considered under the title In re Marriage Cases, are represented by lead counsel from the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Heller Ehrman LLP, and the Law Office of David C. Codell.
Statement by EQCA Executive Director Geoff Kors:
"This is an important day for same-sex couples who are excluded from marriage under existing California law. Same-sex couples deserve the recognition and protection that comes only with marriage. With California's commitment to treating all people equally regardless of their sexual orientation, we are hopeful the California Supreme Court will rule that discriminatory marriage laws are unconstitutional. The time has come to end the barrier to marriage for same-sex couples."
Founded in 1998, Equality California is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve equality and civil rights of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians. Please visit our website at www.eqca.org.
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