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California's Prop 8 Overturned by Federal JudgeSalem-News.com
Civil rights advocates spent the day giving each other high fives!
(Northern District of California) - A federal judge ruled Wednesday that California's Prop 8 is unconstitutional. The ruling in the federal trial challenging California's ban on marriage for same-sex couples held that it's unconstitutional to have one set of laws for some Californians and another for others.
Basic Rights Oregon applauds the news that a federal judge has ruled California's ban unconstitutional in barring marriage for same-sex couples.
Basic Rights Oregon Executive Director Jeana Frazzini issued these statements, "This decision is encouraging and adds to the growing momentum here in our own state for the freedom to marry. We are making progress day by day through conversations, one Oregonian to another.
"Committed couples, whether they are gay or straight, hope to marry for similar reasons - to make a lifetime promise to share the joys and sorrows that life brings. The judge's ruling reflects the growing consensus that there is simply no good reason to exclude same-sex couples from civil marriage. Our state will be stronger when all committed couples can marry the person they love.
"While we join in feeling encouraged by such progress, we know that there is far to go for the freedom to marry; the ruling is expected to be held up on appeal for some time.
"Here in Oregon, we're making progress every single day by encouraging conversations one Oregonian to another about why marriage matters. Volunteers are already leading the way, talking about the issue at public events, on the doorstep, over kitchen tables, at church picnics and more.
"And for the first time since 2004 we are running ads across the state aimed at building support for the freedom to marry. Take a look at the ad (below) - and share with the people in your life.
"We have long known that regardless of what happens in the courts - our work must not let up. We have to achieve equal access to civil marriage in Oregon.
"Marriage is a lifelong promise of love and responsibility with the recognition and accountability of family, friends and the greater community. Our state will be stronger when all committed couples - gay and straight - can marry the person they love," said Jeana Frazzini.
"It's a prophetic moment when all loving families are recognized, honored and celebrated," said Rabbi James Greene of Temple Beth Sholom and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Community of Welcoming Congregations.
"This is the day that God has made, let us rejoice in it," he continues.
The Rev. Dr. Brooks Brandt of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Vancouver said, "For my church, the court's ruling is a celebration, a moment in which our values are reflected in the policies and decisions of our country."
The Rev. Natasha Brubaker-Garrison, priest at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Eugene concurs, "I am delighted by Judge Walker's ruling. His decision lives into the spirit of our country where there is equal protection for us all."
The Rev. Dana Worsnop, minister at Atkinson Memorial Church in Oregon City states, "As a Unitarian Universalist and as a human being, I am thrilled that more and more people are seeing more and more clearly that the right to marry who we love is a basic human right. When two people who love each other choose to marry, something new and holy arises in the world."
The Rev. Tara Wilkins, a United Church of Christ minister and executive director of the Community of Welcoming Congregations declares, "This is a victory for all those who work on the front lines to ensure equality. As a Christian, I must stand on the side of love, while insisting on justice.
"Civil marriage is separate from religious marriage and should not be denied for religious reasons."
Watch the "Marriage Equality" ad below:
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