Press Room

March 12, 2004


HRC Disappointed With California High Court Decision to Temporarily Halt Marriage Licenses for Same-

Gay and Lesbian Americans in Committed Relationships Deserve Equal Treatment Under Law, Says HRC

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign expressed disappointment in today's California Supreme Court decision to temporarily halt the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

"It's extremely disappointing that San Francisco is being denied the opportunity to treat its citizens equally under law," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "Thousands of same-sex couples now know the security that comes with a marriage license. To even temporarily deny that opportunity to other citizens is very unfortunate."

The California Supreme Court ordered a temporary halt Thursday to the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in San Francisco. More than 3,700 same-sex couples have been married since Feb. 12, when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom married Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, a same-sex couple together for more than 50 years. The Court said that it would hear a case in May or June on the legality of these marriages.

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 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.