This is truly disappointing.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a motion today to lift the stay on same-sex marriages in the state of California, while the federal decision to reverse Proposition 8 is appealed, without giving any explanation as to why.
As a response, the American Foundation for Equal Rights released this statement:
“Several weeks ago, we filed a motion with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit asking the Court to lift its stay and allow California’s gay and lesbian couples to marry. We felt then, as we do now, that it is decidedly unjust and unreasonable to expect California’s gay and lesbian couples to put their lives on hold and suffer daily discrimination as second-class citizens while their U.S. District Court victory comes to its final conclusion.
It is un-American to deprive gay and lesbian couples of their fundamental constitutional right to marry. These are adults in committed, loving relationships who just want to live their lives without government interference.
Last August, the U.S. District Court declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional. We believe that the courts will permanently secure the freedom to marry for all Californians."
Once again, the rights of gays and lesbians across this state have been STRIPPED from us, and we don't even get the decency of explanation as to why!
Shameful and so, so wrong.
Especially since it's only delaying the inevitable! EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL.
It's coming, whether you like it or not!
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