Family Equality Council Statement On Ninth Circuit
Court Of Appeals Decision In The Perry V. Brown Case
Washington, DC – (Feb. 7, 2012) – Family Equality Council, the national organization that connects, supports and represents the one million families with parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), today issued a statement following the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to uphold the ruling in Perry V. Brown – the federal court case to overturn California’s Proposition 8. The Federal Appeals Court ruled that California’s 2008 amendment banning same-sex couples from marriage is unconstitutional.
“Today’s decision heartens and gives hope to the 15,698 loving couples in California who are raising more than 30,000 children,” said Family Equality Council Executive Director Jennifer Chrisler.
“They, like all Americans, understand that while love makes a family, there is no denying that marriage strengthens it,” said Chrisler. “These parents have raised their children to love their country, support their friends and treat their neighbors with respect. Now they only ask for the fundamental American freedom to demonstrate their love and commitment to their family through marriage. We join them in looking forward to the day when we can win the freedom to marry for them and all Americans.”
This weekend, Family Equality Council will celebrate this step forward on the journey toward the freedom to marry and family equality for all when it honors Chad Griffin and other LGBT family advocates at the 2012 Los Angeles Awards Dinner. ( www.familyequality.org/losangeles)
Griffin is Co-founder and Board President of the American Foundation for Equal Rights – the group behind the effort to overturn California’s Proposition 8.