Date: 05/26/2009 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time Contact: email@example.com 1-800-585-9368
The BiNet USA board of directors is disappointed by Tuesday's ruling of the California Supreme Court upholding Proposition 8's state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, but the board also has resolved to support new efforts to rescind it. To that end BiNet USA has signed onto the community letter supporting a November 2010 ballot initiative to repeal Prop 8.
While the court ruled that procedurally the proposition was legally placed on last year's ballot and approved by a majority of those voting, we nonetheless agree with the court's original ruling that the Constitution guarantees fair and equal treatment for all people, which includes the right to marriage equality. The new constitutional amendment is plain on its face: one class of people is denied civil protections accorded to others. This is a dangerous precedent.
We are heartened that the court upheld the validity of the same-sex marriages that occurred between the time of the court's first ruling and the subsequent passage of Prop. 8.We are also heartened by recent rulings and votes in several other states to allow same-sex marriage. It's a simple matter of justice and equality.
As bi-identified people, we are able to marry when the person we fall in love with happens to be of a sex different than our own but not when the partner of our choice happens to be of the same sex. Along with our gay, lesbian and straight-identified allies/family members/friends/partners, we must continue to work for our full civil rights -- for the option of legal marriage between two loving adults regardless of sex.
So the battle continues, and we ask backers of BiNet USA to redouble support for the upcoming latest struggles.
Now approaching its 20th year of existence, BiNet USA is America's Civil-rights and advocacy organization for all bisexual, pansexual, fluid and all the rest of us "somewhere in between" people as well as their lesbian, gay, transgender, "straight but not narrow" and questioning friends and allies. BiNet USA facilitates the development of a cohesive network of independent bisexual/pansexual, fluid and friendly communities; promotes bisexual, fluid, pansexual and inclusive visibility; and collects and distribute educational information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity with an emphasis on the bisexual/pansexual, fluid and allied communities.
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Tags: Prop 8, Marriage Equality, Same Sex Marrige, California