AUSTIN, Texas (August 4, 2010) – Equality Texas celebrates today’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker which found California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional. Today’s ruling affirms that the law cannot treat people differently based upon their sexual orientation and that a majority cannot strip a minority group of its fundamental rights. Today’s ruling is a victory for same-sex couples and their families who simply want the dignity and security of having the same freedom to marry as others, as well as for all Americans who believe in our nation’s bedrock principle of justice for all. Despite the ruling, the case is expected to be appealed to a higher court.
Equality Texas Executive Director Dennis Coleman says, “As we stand in solidarity with Californians, we must remember that our work is far from over. The laws in Texas are not similar to California. Existing law here allows for systematic discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans every single day. There is much work to be done legislatively to change the laws in Texas. And in order to change the laws, we must elect public officials who will support equal treatment under the law for every Texan.” More information about Equality Texas’ legislative lobbying and advocacy can be found at www.EqualityTexas.org