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(Video) Reactions outside the Courthouse – Immediate responses to the repeal of Prop 8
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All across the country today, people are reacting to Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s decision to strike down Proposition 8 and restore marriage equality in California. One of the highlights is that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. have emerged after the verdict to give their statements. Why are their statements so important? Because they were supposed to defend Proposition 8 in court and chose not to.
“In striking down Proposition 8, Judge Walker came to the same conclusion I did when I declined to defend it,” said Brown. “Proposition 8 violates the equal protection guarantee of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution by taking away the right of same-sex couples to marry, without a sufficient governmental interest.”
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger also released a statement through his website in regards to yesterday’s verdict.
“Judge Walker had the great responsibility of deciding whether Proposition 8 violates the Constitution of the United States,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. He heard in-depth arguments from both sides on fundamental questions of due process, equal protection and freedom from discrimination. There are strong feelings on both sides of this issue, and I am glad that all viewpoints were respected throughout the proceedings. We should also recognize that there will continue to be different points of view in the wake of this decision.
“For the hundreds of thousands of Californians in gay and lesbian households who are managing their day-to-day lives, this 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.
“Today’s decision is by no means California’s first milestone, nor our last, on America’s road to equality and freedom for all people.”
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