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