American Foundation for Equal Rights

San Francisco Chronicle: Long wait for same-sex marriage goes on

Gays and lesbians whose right to marry has been in limbo since the 2008 passage of Proposition 8 are going to have to keep waiting for equality.

The ruling by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to continue the suspension of same-sex marriages was more than a personal disappointment to Californians ready to make a commitment to assume the rights and responsibilities of marriage. It was an unnecessary delay in the lifting of a vestige of discrimination that clearly is on a collision course with American history.

Not only has U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker issued a well-founded and powerful argument that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional, two California governors have refused to appeal it. Attorney General Kamala Harris had urged the court to allow same-sex marriages to proceed.

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