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Public Counsel Joins Supreme Court Call for Marriage Equality

Public Counsel has joined an amicus brief in the Supreme Court challenging Proposition 8, the 2008 law that banned same-sex marriage in California.

The brief in Hollingsworth et al. v. Perry et al. argues that depriving same-sex couples of the right to marry serves "no legitimate governmental purpose" and violates the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The lawsuit seeks to overturn Proposition 8 and restore equal marriage rights to all California couples.

"Marriage holds a hallowed status in our society. As courts repeatedly recognize, marriage is an essential aspect of the human experience," wrote attorneys from Munger, Tolles & Olson, which drafted the amicus brief on behalf of 55 civil rights organizations, local governments and bar associations across the country. "Domestic partnership plainly lacks the status, cultural significance, and social meaning of marriage."

"Marriage equality is one of the fundamental civil rights issues of our day, and we are proud to be part of ensuring that progress for families is protected," said Public Counsel President and CEO Hernán D. Vera.

The brief argues that excluding same-sex couples from marriage harms both them and their children by perpetuating discrimination and denying them benefits that other married couples receive, including health care.

Click here to read the amicus brief (pdf)