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NCG Members Respond: Federal Appeals Court Rules Prop. 8 Unconstitutional

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Yesterday the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Proposition 8, a voter approved ban on same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional.

Keep reading to learn how NCG members responded to the news.

Horizons Foundation: A Day To Remember

Horizons Foundation Executive Director Roger Doughty took to their organization’s blog to reflect on the ruling:

“This is huge. It makes it highly likely – pending possible appeal of the decision by Prop 8′s backers – that same-sex marriage will again be a reality up and down this enormous state. It promises to open the doors to marriage equality to millions. (And the fact that the Ninth Circuit panel issued a relatively narrow decision, limited to California, makes it less probable that the U.S. Supreme Court would hear an appeal.)…

All of us at Horizons Foundation salute the litigators, congratulate the American Foundation for Equal Rights, and praise, with all our hearts and souls, the brilliance and dedication of our community’s advocates – the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, Equality California, Freedom to Marry, GLAD, the American Civil Liberties Union, and many more – which have truly lead this epic and historic struggle.”

Read the full blog post.

The San Francisco Foundation: Another Step Toward Marriage Equality

The San Francisco Foundation used the front page of its website to focus on the news of the ruling:

“Social justice is a core value that weaves through all of the work we do at The San Francisco Foundation, and supporting marriage equality aligns with our mission. ‘On behalf of our board and staff, we applaud the Court’s decision to defend the rights of same-sex couples and their families with this important ruling,’ says James Head, vice president of programs at the Foundation.”

Read the full San Francisco Foundation announcement online.

Haas Jr. Continues Its Support of Marriage Equality

As Gay and Lesbian Rights is one of their program initiatives, yesterday the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund used their Twitter feed to show their support for the federal appeals court ruling.

The foundation also has an online slideshow in support of marriage equality.

View the Haas Jr. Fund slideshow on marriage equality online.