After the Ninth Court’s momentous decision today upholding Judge Walker’s overturning of Prop 8, the American Foundation for Equal Rights held a press conference in San Francisco with AFER President Chad Griffin, attorneys Ted Boutrous and Ted Olsen, plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, and their families.
“Today the U.S. Court of Appeals has affirmed a simple, fundamental American truth: How we are born and whom we choose to love should not be the basis for discrimination. Every American, regardless of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation deserves the same dignity and respect. The same freedom to love, to marry and build a family. That’s all this case is about—not special rights or privileges. Just fairness and equality.”
Olsen (right), who served as counsel for the plaintiffs singled out his clients for their courage and determination:
“It is not easy to be a participant in a landmark civil rights case that goes on and on. They were put in the spotlight with lots of pressure on them. [But] they have been absolutely fantastic…they stand for the humanity of everything they’re doing.”
Amen to that—SCOTUS, here we come!