Task Force responds to judicial panel’s decision granting indefinite stay of Prop. 8 decision

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today granted an indefinite stay of the Proposition 8 decision, meaning marriages of same-sex couples in California will be placed on hold as the case winds its way through the appeals process. Earlier this month, Judge Vaughn Walker denied a motion for a stay of his earlier ruling that declared Prop. 8 unconstitutional. Under Walker’s stay decision, marriages of same-sex couples were to have resumed Aug. 18.

Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey responds:

While we had hoped to extend our congratulations on Wednesday to same-sex couples getting married, we know that moment will again become a reality in California. Proposition 8 has already been declared unconstitutional, and that ruling came down to a simple yet profound principle: People should be treated equally under the law. This is a fundamental tenet of our nation. We are confident that fairness will prevail in California and nationwide, especially as we continue to share our personal stories and have conversations about why this matters and who we are.