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The Impact of the Marriage Rulings

Dear Partner,

We would like to share the goods news of the recent marriage decisions that you will never hear in the media: the Supreme Court did not rule that there is a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage.  Although this specific issue remains open for a future case, the fact is that every state that currently prohibits same-sex marriage may continue to legally do so. This is significant because the primary goal of both the Windsor and Perry cases was to have the Supreme Court declare a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage that would apply to the entire country. That did not happen. Read More

Obama Proclaims June LGBT Pride Month

President Obama has proclaimed that June will be designated as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.  His proclamation began as follows:Obama Declares June LGBT Month

“The story of America’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community is the story of our fathers and sons, our mothers and daughters, and our friends and neighbors who continue the task of making our country a more perfect Union. It is a story about the struggle to realize the great American promise that all people can live with dignity and fairness under the law. Each June, we commemorate the courageous individuals who have fought to achieve this promise for LGBT Americans, and we rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.” Read More

Advocates’ Attorneys Explain the Marriage Arguments

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on two important marriage cases: 1) California’s voter initiative Proposition 8, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, and 2) the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevents federal recognition of state same sex Bride_and_groommarriages.

Now that the dust has settled, we want to give you a brief summary without the “legalese.” Read More

A Love Story That Cannot Be Replicated

Dear Partner,

Just 3 weeks ago, my mother passed away after struggling with declining health over a couple years. Her 81 year life exemplified the positive attributes of a dedicated Christian life. She was a sensitive, caring and loving mother who loved God to her very last breath. She left behind her husband, five children and 15 grandchildren, all of whom revere God in their own lives. Not a day goes by without a tear being shed.

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          My mom ran the race and left her mark – a heritage orchestrated by God Himself. She lived a love story of 60 years with my father that will continue into eternity as she and my father will one day be reunited in heaven.          Read More

Advocates Urges Support for Marriage in the U.S. Supreme Court

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Advocates just filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Chuck Storey, the County Clerk for Imperial County, CA, who bec

Bride_and_groom_hands_with_ringsame the lone governmental figure fighting to defend Prop. 8, a California proposition defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Our brief was strategically filed in coordination with the Official Proposition 8 Campaign Proponents, the Thomas More Law Center and the American Center for Law and Justice. Read More

Just Married!

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Dear Partner,

You may have noticed that a few months ago my name changed from Jennifer Monk to Jennifer Bursch. On May 4, 2012, I was blessed to marry an amazing man – Jordan Bursch. Jordan’s and my vows focused on our commitment to each other, but more importantly they focused on our commitment to the Lord. We were blessed to spend that day gratefully praising the Lord for bringing us into each other’s life. 

As we celebrated our marriage with our family and friends, it was impossible not to ponder the significance of marriage both personally to us and throughout our society. Read More

Ninth Circuit Rules on Prop 8 & Denies Intervention to Imperial County Clerk

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Lori Sanada  (951) 304-7583 weekdays,
(951) 500-7854 weekends and evenings

San Francisco, CA.  Today, the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals decided that the people of California had no right to pass an initiative that limits marriage to one man and one woman.  At the same time, the Court of Appeals denied a petition to intervene that was filed by Chuck Storey, County Clerk for the County of Imperial.

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The Fate of Marriage Heads to the U.S. Supreme Court

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Today, the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals decided that the people of California had no right to pass an initiative that limits marriage to one man and one woman.  At the same time, the Court of Appeals denied a petition to intervene that was filed by Chuck Storey, County Clerk for the County of Imperial.

The question of who has a right to defend Proposition 8 has been at the center of the litigation since neither the Governor, Attorney General or other named defendants would defend the initiative adopted by a majority vote of the people of California.  After the official campaign proponents were granted the right to intervene in the District Court, questions were raised as to whether they would have sufficient standing to appeal the case and ultimately take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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