Today, the California Supreme Court denied the request of the proponents of Proposition 8 to stop California clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. HRC President Chad Griffin released the following statement:
"Our opponents have failed in a desperate attempt to deny happiness and protections to lesbian and gay couples and their children and no amount of legal wrangling is going to undo that joy. Marriage equality has returned to the Golden State and just as David Blankenhorn, the star witness for Prop 8 came to support marriage equality, I hope others will open their hearts and minds and realize that marriage will soon come to all 50 states in this country. On that day we will all be more American."
Weddings for gay and lesbian couples began on June 28 in California after a federal appeals court formally lifted the state’s ban against the marriages.