The California Supreme Court Web site reports that the justices will issue their ruling Tuesday at 10 a.m. Pacific time in a case against the anti-gay marriage Prop 8 which passed in California last November. The decision will impact 18,000 couples already married last year in that state, and countless others planning such legal unions.
Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights issued the following statement: "We brought this case on behalf of Equality California and six couples who urgently wish to retain the freedom to marry in California, but the Court's decision will mean so much more to so many-to same-sex couples in California and in states across the country, to those who advocate for minority rights, and to all those who care about equality. The Court's decision will determine whether or not Prop 8 is valid, and whether or not the more than 18,000 marriages that took place between June 16 and Nov. 4, 2008 will continue to be legally valid and recognized by the State of California."
NCLR, together with national legal colleagues at Lambda Legal and the ACLU and private counsel from Munger, Tolles & Olson and the Law Office of David Codell, along with a record-breaking number of civil-rights organizations, asked the Court to strike down Prop 8 "in order to preserve the defining principle of equality in our constitution and the dignity and equality of same-sex couples. If the Court invalidates Prop 8, we and our many allies will indeed have cause to celebrate: LGBT Californians will continue to have the cherished freedom to marry, and the requirement of equal protection will continue to protect all Californians in the nation's most populous and diverse state," Kendell said.
Nationwide, activists have been planning a response to the court's pending decision. In Chicago, Gay Liberation Network and Join the Impact are coordinating a response for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted.
The national group was co-founded by Chicago's Andy Thayer and lesbian activist Robin Tyler, who with wife Diane Olson was the first lesbian couple to file in the California marriage equality case that lead to the 18,000 legal marriage last summer, and they are plaintiffs in this most current case against Prop 8.
For Web-based information, see www.nclrights.org, www.lambdalegal.org, www.DayofDecision.org, www.couragecampaign.org/DecisionDay, www.GayLiberation.net, www.JointheImpact.net and www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/supreme/#forthcoming.