FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jill Marcellus, Gay-Straight Alliance Network
Phone: 415.375.9526 (o); 516.313.9659 (c)
Gay-Straight Alliance Network responds to Supreme Court's decision to review Proposition 8; Interviews with diverse couples and youth available
San Francisco, CA - December 7, 2012 -The Supreme Court has decided to grant review in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case deciding the fate of California’s Proposition 8, the state constitutional amendment that denies loving, committed same-sex couples the right to marry. Proposition 8 was declared unconstitutional by District Judge Vaughn Walker in 2010, a decision subsequently upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Supporters of marriage equality, led by the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER), will submit arguments to the Court by April, with a decision from the Court on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 expected by June 2013.
Said Carolyn Laub, Executive Director of Gay-Straight Alliance Network:
"In the ugly battle over Prop 8, students in California's Gay-Straight Alliance clubs withstood intense hostility as peers, family, and community members questioned the worth of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their freedom to love and start a family. Youth leaders across the state are disappointed by this delay, but optimistic that the Supreme Court will ultimately decide to close this painful chapter in California's history."
In light of this news, the Breakthrough Coalition, a group of organizations working in California to increase support for same-sex couples who want to make a public and lifetime commitment through marriage, has made a diverse range of same-sex couples throughout the state available for media interviews. GSA Network, as part of this coalition, also has students available to speak to the decision and its impact on California’s young people. See the story of one young person, located in LA, available to speak to the media here.
Available couples include:
Additional couples are also available for interview. For more information, contact Cathy Renna (917-757-6123, firstname.lastname@example.org)
All couples can speak to:
About Gay-Straight Alliance Network
Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network) is a national youth leadership organization that empowers youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools by training student leaders and supporting student-led Gay-Straight Alliance clubs throughout the country. In California alone, GSA Network has brought GSA clubs to 56% of public high schools, impacting more than 1.1 million students at over 890 schools. GSA Network's youth advocates have played a key role in changing laws and policies that impact youth at the local and state level. GSA Network operates the National Association of GSA Networks, which unites 37 statewide networks of GSA clubs throughout the country. GSA Network is also the founder of the Make It Better Project, which aims to stop bullying and prevent suicide. www.gsanetwork.org
About The Breakthrough Coalition
The Breakthrough Coalition is a group of organizations working in California to increase support for same-sex couples who want to make a public and lifetime commitment through marriage. The coalition includes: API Equality Los Angeles, API Equality Northern California, California Faith for Equality, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in the Ministry, Courage Campaign, Equality California Institute, Family Equality Council, Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Jordan Rustin Coalition, Latino Equality Alliance, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Our Family Coalition, Progressive Christians Uniting, The Labor/Community Strategy Center, UMOJA, and Vote for Equality.