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AFER not worried about today’s Prop 8 "standing" decision in court

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From AFER (the group taking the lead on fighting Prop 8 in court):

Today, the Supreme Court of California issued an advisory opinion in Perry v. Brown that will move the state – and the nation – one step closer to marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. The opinion, stating that the proponents of Proposition 8 have “standing” to defend Proposition 8, paves the way for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to issue a ruling on the merits of the case, whether gay and lesbian couples have a fundamental right to the freedom to marry.

The U.S. District Court found Proposition 8 unconstitutional on August 4, 2010. The anti-marriage proponents immediately appealed the decision to the Ninth Circuit. The Governor and Attorney General of California both declined to appeal the District Court’s decision.

“We are pleased that the California Supreme Court has now responded to the Ninth Circuit’s request for advice regarding a question of California procedural law,” said Theodore B. Olson, lead co-counsel for the plaintiffs. “Important questions of federal law remain pending before the Ninth Circuit, including, most significantly, the constitutionality of Proposition 8. We now anticipate a prompt and thorough resolution of those questions by the federal appeals court, which, we expect, will affirm the trial court’s comprehensive and compelling decision that Proposition 8 violates the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses. We hope that the long wait for justice by gay and lesbian Californians will soon be over.”

The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) is the sole sponsor of the Perry lawsuit.

“Our plaintiffs’ historic lawsuit is now back on the fast track,” said AFER Board President Chad Griffin. “We are back in federal court and on the cusp of victory for loving, committed gay and lesbian couples whose constitutional rights are being violated every minute of every day. The anti-marriage Proponents have no case. We are confident that the higher courts will uphold the District Court’s opinion that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.”

Plaintiffs will be back before the Ninth Circuit on December 8, 2011, for a hearing regarding proponents’ appeal of the district court’s decision granting plaintiffs’ motion to unseal the digital recording of the trial.

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