May 26, 2009
Richard Ferraro Director of Communications (646) 871-8011

May 26, 2009, Los Angeles, CA - Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) President Neil G. Giuliano today expressed profound disappointment in the California Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Proposition 8 – the anti-gay ballot initiative that eliminated the ability of same-sex couples to marry in California.

“Today, we express our deepest disappointment in the California Supreme Court’s decision, which continues to deprive an entire class of Californians the fundamental freedom to marry,” said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano.  

“Thankfully, the court has protected the marriages of the more than 18,000 gay and lesbian couples who married before Nov. 5, 2008. It is vital that media outlets not only share these couples’ stories, but also those of the many gay and lesbian people and couples in California who have again been denied the fundamental right to marry.”

”It is wrong to stand in the way of giving committed couples the legal protections they need to take care of and be responsible for each other and their families. We thank the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the City of San Francisco and the other counsel and plaintiff couples for their steadfast advocacy and commitment to fairness and opportunity for all Californians.”  

Download the California Supreme Court decision (PDF).