Friday, March 22, 2013

Prop 8 US Supreme Court Team Speaks OUT

Produced by Charlotte Robinson

In this exclusive audio press conference the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the sole sponsor of the Perry case, held an historic national media call to discuss the upcoming oral argument before the US Supreme Court. Speaking on the call were Plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo; Plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel David Boies and Plaintiffs’ counsel Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr.; San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera; and AFER Executive Director Adam Umhoefer. Also joining the call was Chad Griffin President of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and co-founder of AFER.

Next Tuesday, March 26th the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8. Enacted in November 2008, Prop 8 eliminated the fundamental freedom of gay and lesbian Californians to marry. On December 7, 2012, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Perry to review the landmark federal court of appeals ruling that upheld the decision of the federal district court that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional. The Court will consider whether Proposition 8 violates the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. On February 28th the United States Government filed a brief as amicus curiae in support of the Plaintiffs challenging California’s Proposition 8. The Government’s brief urges the Supreme Court to strike down Prop 8 as unconstitutional.

Mainstream and LGBT media attended the conference call including Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson from OUTTAKE VOICES. Questions were asked by Michael McGough LA Times, Robert Barn Washington Post, Jeffrey Toobin New Yorker Magazine, Richard Wolfe USA Today, Geoffrey Fowler Wall Street Journal, Bill Rankin Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Laurence Hurley of Thomson Reuters.
For More Info: afer.org

1 comment:

David Shannon, LICSW said...

This 20 minute press conference does not break new ground, as we have heard the arguments before. But it is still a pretty exciting summary of the issues, and they are pretty confident about a positive outcome, one way or another. I found it well worth listening to. It really brings alive what will be happening next Tuesday!