The California Marriage Tug-of-War

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September 15, 2009


"'Everyone is lost in the 2010 versus 2012 discussion,' says Chad Griffin, board president of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the group behind a federal lawsuit filed by prominent attorneys Theodore B. Olson and David Boies on behalf of two same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses in California.

"...Jennifer C. Pizer, senior counsel and marriage project director for LGBT rights group Lambda Legal, notes that Griffin’s group’s suit 'could confirm as a matter of federal law that California does not have adequate reasons to abridge gay and lesbian couples' right to marry. That would mean the right could not be eliminated by another state ballot measure.'

"...For Pizer, the answer still comes back to the grinding, day-to-day struggle to change hearts and minds."