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.

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.