USA: Proposition 8 overturned in California

Press Release
August 4, 2010

USA: Proposition 8 overturned in California

Amnesty International USA Reacts to U.S. District Court of Northern Ca Ruling on Proposition 8

August 4, 2010

Amnesty International USA released the following statement today by Executive Director Larry Cox, in response to the ruling of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California striking down Proposition 8 and upholding the right of same-sex couples to marry:

"The U.S. District Court has sent a clear message on Proposition 8: discrimination by any means is unacceptable. This affirms not only equality in civil marriage, but the basic human right to be treated equally under the law, without regard to an individual's sexual orientation.

"Proposition 8 served only to stigmatize same-sex relationships in ways that can fuel further discrimination. Denying equal civil recognition of same-sex relationships compounds the effects of discrimination and undermines other rights, such as the right to housing or social security. Amnesty International welcomes today's ruling as an affirmation of equality under the law."

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 2.2 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.