ADL Files Amicus Brief Urging Appeals Court to Uphold Finding of Proposition 8 as Unconstitutional

October 26, 2010 …San Francisco,CA. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) urged the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to uphold a lower court ruling finding the California ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The League filed an amicus brief in the case, Perry v. Schwarzenegger.

ADL issued the following statement:

The segregated system of domestic partnership and marriage created by Proposition 8 unfairly forces gays and lesbians to disclose their sexual orientation in order to qualify for state benefits, thereby raising serious privacy concerns.

By compelling individuals to disclose this personal and private information the system created by Proposition 8 demeans the entire community's dignity and, at a time when bullying, harassment and hate crimes are prevalent, may expose gay individuals to discriminatory treatment or worse by those who continue to harbor prejudices.

California's ban on same-sex marriage is an affront to personal liberty and equal protection of law, and we urge the 9th Circuit to find it unconstitutional.

The 9th Circuit will hear arguments in the case on December 6, 2010, in San Francisco. The League's brief (PDF) was drafted by the law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP –Redwood Shores,California office. ADL has regional offices inLos Angeles,OrangeCounty,Santa Barbara,San Diego andSan Francisco.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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