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September 12, 2008
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Senator Diane Feinstein Opposes Proposition 8
Statement from EQCA Executive Director Geoff Kors
SAN FRANCISCO- In response to U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein’s statement opposing Proposition 8, Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors said today:
"We are truly grateful that Senator Feinstein has not only taken such a strong stand against Prop. 8, but has also come out in support of marriage for same-sex couples. Her leadership on this issue and her stand for fairness sends a powerful message to all Californians as right-wing organizations work to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. We hope all Californians will follow her lead and oppose Prop 8.”
Statement of Senator Dianne Feinstein:
“Proposition 8 would eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California. I oppose it as a matter of equality and fairness.
The right to marry is fundamental. It provides social stability, economic equality, and the ability to make decisions for a spouse in a time of crisis.
If Proposition 8 were to pass, not only would it eliminate the right to marry for gay and lesbian couples, but it would also create a complicated legal quagmire for those who have exercised this right under the California Constitution, as adjudicated by the Supreme Court of the State.
The views of Californians on this issue have changed over time, and as a State, I believe we should uphold the ability of our friends, neighbors, and co-workers who are gay and lesbian to enter into the contract of marriage.
I urge Californians to oppose Proposition 8.”
Founded in 1998, Equality California celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2008, commemorating a decade of building a state of equality in California. EQCA is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve equality and civil rights of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians. www.eqca.org