American Foundation for Equal Rights

L.A. Times: Proposition 8 backers seek funds for gay marriage fight

Immediately after Proposition 8 was ruled unconstitutional, Prop. 8 supporters started fundraising. Andy Pugno, general counsel to ProtectMarriage, said that their resources were extremely limited and the general consensus among Prop. 8 advocates is that increased funds is crucial if the case is going to make it to the U.S. Supreme Court. Despite their efforts, there is a significant chance that the case will never make it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Chad H. Griffin, the L.A. political consultant who launched the federal lawsuit against Proposition 8, said: ‘What the court did today affirms that you cannot single out one group of people. There are strong, loving lesbian and gay families all around us.’”

“California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom hailed the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling as a ‘remarkable’ demonstration of how far the pursuit of marriage equality for gays and lesbians has come in the eight years since he sought, as mayor of San Francisco, to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. ‘This is the fundamental civil rights movement of our time, now progressing along with renewed pace and renewed vigor,’ Newsom said.”

“U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), a member of the congressional caucus devoted to protecting same-sex rights, called on the citizens to cease pushing initiatives that deprive others of fundamental rights. ‘We should reject any law that denies certain citizens the legal rights and protections that are available to others, simply because of their sexual preference.’ Sherman said, ‘The rights of the minority should not be voted upon.’”

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