Judge Walker Lifts Stay in Proposition 8 Ruling

GLAAD Working with Media Outlets to Bring Stories of California Couples to Americans

Rich Ferraro
Director of Communications
(646) 871-8011
ferraro@glaad.org

August 12, 2010

August 12, 2010, Los Angeles, CA - The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, is preparing California couples to speak with media after U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled to lift the stay on California’s Proposition 8 on August 18 at 5pm PDT. GLAAD is working with sister organizations to share the stories of these couples with Americans in both English and Spanish-language media and is monitoring media coverage of the court’s latest decision.

"Lifting the stay does one thing: it provides gay and lesbian couples across California the protections they need to take care of each other," said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. "Once Americans see these couples marry, understand the barriers they faced and the protections they deserve, our country will move closer to full equality.

"We urge media to highlight the California couples whose stories of love and commitment are at the heart of today's decision."

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released this week, 52% of Americans think gay and lesbian people "should have a constitutional right to get married and have their marriage recognized by law as valid.” CNN’s full press release on that poll is available here:
http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/08/11/rel11a.pdf.