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Prop 8's Discrimination Runs Counter to Who America Is as a Nation

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Proposition 8 denies loving, committed same sex couples the protections and responsibilities of marriage without a legitimate, much less compelling, state interest. Proposition 8 singles out thousands of couples for unequal treatment, which is unconstitutional. People from all backgrounds and across all demographics understand that loving same sex couples and their families should not be treated this way.

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As a member of a broad coalition of marriage equality supporters, we signed onto an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to recognize the fundamental right of all Americans to marry. There was an outpouring of amicus briefs from a wide spectrum of interests: from President Obama, to self-described moderate and conservative Republicans, to a slew of major companies representing the business sector. Public opinion has continued to grow in our direction as the number of everyday people from all walks of life stand in support of the freedom to marry.

It is simply wrong to single out same sex couples with any form of discrimination. Such actions run counter to who we are as a nation. We are proud to stand in support of the plaintiffs in this case, and look forward to the oral argument on March 26.

Stacey Long

About Stacey Long Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

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LGBT rights
California
Supreme Court
civil rights
Proposition 8
marriage

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#1
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Gregory T. Angelo Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans

#2
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Yes – California Can't Show Prop 8 Has a Legitimate Purpose

Evan Wolfson Founder and President of Freedom to Marry

#3
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Adam Umhoefer Executive Director at the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

#4
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#6
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Yes – The Equal Protection Clause Guarantees the Right to Marry

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#7
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#8
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