San Francisco, CA, May 15, 2008 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed today's California Supreme Court decision supporting the right of same-sex couples to marry. The court held that under California law, the right to marry is a fundamental right, integral to an individual's autonomy, and that banning same-sex couples from marrying violates the California Constitution.
ADL issued the following statement:
We are pleased by the court's decision supporting the right of same-sex couples to marry, and welcome this reaffirmation of equal protection for all.
We are also gratified that the Court agreed with our assertion that the law raised privacy issues, exposing gay individuals "to detrimental treatment by those who continue to harbor prejudices that have been rejected by California society at large."
With this decision, California has taken a significant step forward in the pursuit of individual liberty and freedom from discrimination for all.
ADL has regional offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, Santa Barbara, San Diego and San Francisco. ADL joined a coalition brief, authored by the law firm Proskauer Rose LLP.