The Anti-Defamation League Hails Court Decision Affirming Perry v. Brown

San Francisco, CA, Feb. 7, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today hailed the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision affirming Perry v. Brown, holding that California's 2008 amendment, known as "Prop 8" and which banned same-sex couples from marrying, is unconstitutional.

ADL's California Offices issued the following statement:

Today's decision is a momentous step forward for same-sex couples who seek the fundamental right to marry. We are gratified that the court has found that there is no basis for singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license, and that such discrimination is unconstitutional. As the court stated, "Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples. The Constitution simply does not allow for 'laws of this sort.'"

ADL stands committed to the principle of equal treatment for same-sex couples. With this ruling, California can once again proudly demonstrate its commitment to the fight for individual liberty and freedom from discrimination for all.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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