FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2010
CONTACT: Vaishalee Raja, Communications Director
PHONE: 916-284-9187 EMAIL: vaishalee AT eqca DOT org
Equality California Issues Statement on Appeal in Proposition 8 Trial
San Francisco -- Today Equality California, having secured a key ruling, will turn over internal strategy emails and campaign materials relating to the effort to defeat Proposition 8.
Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors issued the following statement:
"We are very pleased that Judge Walker clarified his ruling in accordance with the Ninth Circuit's affirmation that the first amendment protections for communications applies not only to internal communications within each individual organization but also to communications among multiple organizations working in coalition.
"Had this protection been eroded, it would have set a devastating precedent for future social justice efforts. Having secured this ruling -- the key principle we were fighting for -- we will turn over responsive, non-privileged documents so that a decision can be rendered in an expeditious manner. We thank our pro-bono counsel at Fenwick & West who worked tirelessly to ensure that this protection was obtained."
Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender-rights advocacy organization in California. Over the past decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive civil rights protections in the nation. Equality California has passed over 60 pieces of legislation and continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org