Prop. 8 Ruling: The Reactions

BY Advocate.com Editors

August 04 2010 4:00 PM ET

Reality star Kim Kardashian: "Prop. 8 was struck down! This news is amazing!!!! Its about time! Congrats to everyone!" 

Adam Lambert: "Prop 8 Overturned! I'm glad California has restored the right for ALL of its citizens to marry whoever they please! Equal rights are very Glam!"

Log Cabin Republican California chairman Leonard Lanzi:
"Today all Californians have had their rights strengthened through the
court's decision. As Republicans, we are heartened that plaintiff's
attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies used core conservative principles of
privacy, liberty, and freedom to convince the court that Prop. 8 should
be overturned. While we anticipate this decision to appealed to the
highest court in the land, Log Cabin Republicans will continue our work
to change hearts and minds in all communities across the California."

Singer Cyndi Lauper:
"Gay and lesbian couples have long struggled for acceptance and the
ability to marry the person they love and want to build a family with.
Today's landmark ruling declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional is a
testament to the fundamentals on which this great country was built and
validates that the discrimination gay couples face must come to an end.
We as a society should be embracing these couples and helping them make
the lifelong commitment to each other that many of us straight people
take for granted each and every day. This decision is a major step in
the right direction towards equality." 

Cloris Leachman: "Judge Vaughn Walker, you are my f*cking hero. I owe you a big kiss."

National Black Justice Coalition’s executive director Sharon Lettman: "Finally, the justice that was derailed during the California elections held in November 2008 was corrected by the U.S. District Court so that gay and lesbian Americans have the freedom to marry whomever they love. Today’s victory holds landmark implications for the future of marriage equality, After two years of battling for the right to marry, gay and lesbian couples in the state of California can legally celebrate their unions and provide protections for their families. Today’s ruling is a cause for renewed optimism in the value of the judiciary's role in affirming equality for all American citizens. There was a time when black and white people could not marry until the Lovings, an interracial couple from Virginia, were bold enough to challenge the state’s prevailing views about interracial marriage in Loving v. Virginia with a unanimous vote of the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, two very brave couples from California have stepped forward to challenge the state’s view on marriage between gay and lesbian people. The courts are tasked with ensuring equal justice under the law. Today, we feel justice has been served for the gay and lesbian people of California, who love and care for each other and desire the confirmation of marriage."

Ricky Martin: "YEAHHHHH!!!!! #prop8unconstitutional Moving Forward!!!!!!!!"

Author Armistead Maupin: "This
battle has always been about love, and love won out today. When I was
in law school, I was bored to distraction by the sight of a legal
transcript. This one read like sonnet."

Meghan McCain: "Amazing news about prop 8!!! I have faith we are one step closer to gay marriage being passed in this country!!"

Actress Rose McGowan: "Prop. 8 was struck down! This
news is amazing!!!! It's about time! Congrats to everyone!"

California Republican Party chairman Ron Nehring: "The California
Republican Party is firm in its support of traditional marriage and
looks forward to the matter being resolved in a higher court."

U.S. House speaker Nancy Pelosi: "I am extremely encouraged by the ruling today, which found that Proposition 8 violated both the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution. Proposition 8 has taken away individual rights and freedoms, and is a stain upon the California Constitution. We must continue to fight against discriminatory marriage amendments and work toward the day when all American families are treated equally."

Colorado congressman Jared Polis:
“I applaud Judge Walker’s decision to overturn Proposition 8. No one
should be denied the opportunity to choose his or her spouse. It is a
basic human right. It is a deeply personal decision. Throughout history,
our country has made great strides moving forward with equality and
civil rights for all. Proposition 8 set this country back by attacking
gay couples who only wanted to share lifelong obligations and
responsibilities. It sent the wrong message to society, was
unconstitutional and it deserved to be overturned."

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