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"Liberty and justice for ALL is finally a reality in California"

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LOS ANGELES - The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Chief Executive Officer, Lorri L. Jean, issued the following statement today regarding the California Supreme Court's ruling regarding marriage:

"Liberty and justice for ALL is finally a reality in California. For the first time in the history of our state, lesbian and gay couples may get legally married. No longer will the government interfere in our private lives. No longer will we be singled out and treated differently just because of whom we love. Instead we are finally being treated just like everyone else -- no better, no worse. Today is a proud day not only for LGBT people and our families and friends, but for all fair-minded Californians.

These are indeed historic times. An especially touching moment was yesterday when, after waiting for more than half a century, Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon became the first same-sex couple in California to legally marry. I am overjoyed that these beloved and admired lesbian icons were finally able to realize full equality under the law. In 1955, they put their lives on the line so that lesbians could have a voice. They were leaders in our movement for decades. Now they have once again helped to make history. Congratulations to them and to all of the couples who will get legally married today and in the weeks and months to come.

Let the rejoicing begin! Celebrate today; but prepare for battle tomorrow. Right-wing extremists have qualified a measure for the November ballot that would amend the Constitution and ban the freedom to marry. To protect marriage for ALL Californians, we must defeat the measure and the bigotry it stands for. Vow to vote NO! To find out more, visit http://www.EqualityForAll.com. In the meantime, revel in love, in fairness and the happiness and freedom that come with equal rights."

About the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

Since 1971 the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center has been building the health, advocating for the rights and enriching the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Visit us on the Web at: http://www.lagaycenter.org.

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