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Equality California urges Obama to take action on federal Prop. 8 case

SAN FRANCISCO _ Equality California this week renewed its call for President Obama to take action on the federal court challenge of Proposition 8.

The deadline passed this week for third parties to file amicus briefs in the case weighing the constitutionality of Proposition 8, a state referendum that stripped same-sex couples of the freedom to marry.

Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, spoke of the president’s lack of visibility on the issue.

“We are deeply disappointed with President Obama’s continued failure to take a firm stand against Proposition 8, which threatens to demolish our country’s core pillars of democracy and freedom,” Kors said.

“Although the deadline to file an amicus brief supporting the federal challenge of Proposition 8 passed (Wednesday), it is not too late for the president to take action on this grave injustice facing California’s same-sex couples. We call on President Obama to urge the court to strike down this fundamentally unfair law by filing a brief in the court of appeals when the case advances,” he said.

“Proposition 8 is a clear violation of the federal constitution, and it is the court’s job to protect minorities from having their rights taken away from a slim majority at the ballot box. President Obama can make a difference in this case, and we urge his administration to act with urgency.”

To sign Equality California’s petition urging the Obama administration to join the federal challenge opposing Prop. 8, click here: www.eqca.org/Obama.

Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender-rights advocacy organization in California. www.eqca.org