Human Rights Campaign President Cheryl Jacques made the
following statement on August 12th regarding the decision by the California
Supreme Court that the City of San Francisco lacked the authority to
issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The court also invalidated
the licenses of over 4,000 couples married earlier this year in San
"This is not the end of the fight to make same-sex couples safer and
more secure. California families will still have their day in court to
challenge their exclusion from marriage.
"While we are disappointed that the Supreme Court ruled the city lacked
authority to issue the licenses, this case does not speak to the issue
of whether California's discriminatory marriage ban for same-sex couples
is unconstitutional. As those cases move forward, we are hopeful that
every California family will be able to access the over 1,000 rights and
responsibilities that are only conferred by marriage.
"This fight brought out untold heroes – from the over 4,000 couples who
sought to secure the families, to Mayor Newsom for his leadership, to
the organizations fighting for equal rights in California including
Equality California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Marriage
Equality California, Lambda Legal, and the ACLU of Northern California."
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