Eagle Forum: Supremacist Judges Overturn CA Legislature and Rule in Favor of Gay Marriage

May 15, 2008, 01:00 ET from Eagle Forum

    WASHINGTON, May 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eagle Forum, a leading
 pro-family organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly, condemns the activist
 decision of the California Supreme Court which ruled 4-3 that state laws
 prohibiting same-sex marriage are discriminatory and unconstitutional. The
 case, Lockyer v. City and County of San Francisco (2004), was brought by
 about two dozen same-sex couples and the city of San Francisco.
     In 2000, 61% of voters approved Proposition 22 which legally defined
 marriage in California as between one man and one woman. Despite the fact
 that California has one of the strongest domestic partnership laws in the
 country, Chief Justice Ron George, who wrote the opinion, stated that
 domestic partnerships are not a good enough substitute for marriage. Groups
 supportive of the state laws barring same-sex couples from marrying have
 been anticipating this move by the court and they are working to get a
 November ballot initiative which would amend the state Constitution to
 uphold the one man-one woman law.
     "This decision should be a wake-up call to all Americans that our
 values and the foundation of our society, marriage, is being destroyed by
 judicial supremacy," said Eagle Forum Executive Director Jessica Echard.
 "The American people will not continue to stand by silently in the face of
 these activist court rulings."
     "In 2000, the people of California voted overwhelmingly to uphold
 traditional marriage as the law of the land," Echard said. "Today, the
 California Supreme Court has stripped away the will of the people and
 engaged in judicial tyranny yet again. Only elected representatives have
 the power to make laws, not judges."
     "We must never allow the definition of marriage to mean just two
 consenting persons agreeing to share quarters and start applying to the
 government and to employers for economic benefits," concluded Echard.
 "Traditional marriage is the essential unit of a stable society, and we
 must call on the American people to overturn this decision by referendum
 and to amend the California state constitution."

SOURCE Eagle Forum