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Prop 8 Proponents Officially Ask Supreme Court to Reverse Ninth Circuit Decision

​Post submitted by Charlie Joughin, HRC Press Secretary

The proponents of California’s Proposition 8 - the amendment to the California Constitution that stripped marriage equality from loving, committed gay and lesbian couples - formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the February decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Perry v. Brown.  The lower court decided that the amendment violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection of the laws. The Perry case was brought by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER).

Yesterday, we highlighted tax documents that demonstrate the millions of dollars the proponents have spent, through the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund, in a losing effort to preserve this discriminatory measure. 

HRC President Chad Griffin, who co-founded AFER, had this to say about today's Prop 8 news: “Despite losses in two federal courts and millions of dollars wasted, the proponents of Proposition 8 persist in their effort to hurt California families.  Even if the Supreme Court decides to review the Ninth Circuit’s decision, I am confident that they will come to the same conclusion as the judges, appointed by Democrats and Republicans, who have heard the case before them: Prop 8 simply cannot stand.”

The U.S Supreme Court is expected to decide this fall whether it will hear arguments on the constitutionality of Proposition 8.



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