Earlier this week, the long-awaited ruling came on Perry v. Schwarzenegger. U.S. District Judge Walker ruled that California’s Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.
And of course, there was an immediate flood of public statements issued. Here are just a few of them that made their way to my email box in the past day:
- Theodore Olson, attorney for the plaintiffs against Proposition 8: “This is what American justice is all about — when a judge, an independent judge, tries hard to listen to all of the evidence, analyzes the issues, and comes to a conclusion and vindicates the rights of a minority of our citizens to be treated with decency and respect and equality in our system.”
- Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage: “Big surprise! We expected nothing different from Judge Vaughn Walker, after the biased way he conducted this trial. … With a stroke of his pen, Judge Walker has overruled the votes and values of 7 million Californians who voted for marriage as one man and one woman.”
- Bishop J. Jon Bruno, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles: “Justice is advancing thanks to today’s ruling affirming Californians’ constitutional right to marriage in faithful, same-gender relationships.”
- Kristin Perry, one of the plaintiffs: “For our entire lives, our government and the law have treated us as unequal. This decision to ensure that our constitutional rights are as protected as everyone else’s makes us incredibly proud of our country.”
- Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California: the judge’s decision “affirms the full legal protections and safeguards I believe everyone deserves. … At the same time, it provides an opportunity for all Californians to consider our history of leading the way to the future, and our growing reputation of treating all people and their relationships with equal respect and dignity.”
They keep coming, of course. Got any favorite quotes in response to the ruling? Post them below!