ACLU Applauds California Judge's Decision Ending Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples in Marriage

March 14, 2005 12:00 am

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Statement of ACLU Attorney Christine Sun

SAN FRANCISCO — Today’s decision is a landmark for the law, and an important development for the entire nation. With plain but compelling logic, the court has shown us all why in a nation committed to fairness, same-sex couples must not be shut out of marriage. But this decision is most important to the thousands upon thousands of same-sex couples who desperately need the protection that marriage gives, and who deserve the dignity it brings. Gay people are firefighters, teachers, doctors and neighbors; we deserve the same rights and protections as other Americans. Our constitution promises liberty to all; this decision takes us a step closer to that promise.

The case, Woo v. Lockyer, is being brought by the National Center for Lesbian Rights along with the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal.

To read a profile of the case and the clients involved, go to: /node/3302.

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