Press Room

August 23, 2004

Category: Domestic Partners

HRC Disappointed in Delay of Marriage Equality in California

'This is not the end of the fight to make same-sex couples safer and more secure,' said Human Rights Campaign President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign President Cheryl Jacques made the following statement today regarding the decision by the California Supreme Court that the city of San Francisco lacked the authority to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The court also invalidated the licenses of more than 4,000 couples married earlier this year in San Francisco.

"This is not the end of the fight to make same-sex couples safer and more secure. California families will still have their day in court to challenge their exclusion from marriage.

"While we are disappointed that the Supreme Court ruled the city lacked authority to issue the licenses, this case does not speak to the issue of whether California's discriminatory marriage ban for same-sex couples is unconstitutional. As those cases move forward, we are hopeful that every California family will be able to access the more than 1,000 rights and responsibilities that are only conferred by marriage.

"This fight brought out untold heroes - from the more than 4,000 couples who sought to secure their families, to Mayor Newsom for his leadership, to the organizations fighting for equal rights in California including Equality California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Marriage Equality California, Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Northern California."

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.