Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the California Supreme Court ruled that the proponents of Proposition 8 are entitled to defend it in court when the state refuses to do so. The case now returns to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals:
"With today's disappointing decision by the California Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will now likely proceed to the merits of the case against Proposition 8. The district court's landmark decision in this case represented a strong statement for marriage equality: finding that Proposition 8 violated Californians' rights to due process and equal protection under the United States Constitution.
"We are confident that the district court's decision will be upheld, that Proposition 8 will take its rightful place in the dustbin of history, and that all of California's families will enjoy fair and equal treatment under the law.
"In California and across the country, we will continue our fight for the fundamental rights of LGBT couples and every American: winning the battle against Proposition 8 in the courts; continuing the march for marriage equality in state legislatures; and working to repeal and overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act on the federal level. Together, we will make these discriminatory marriage amendments and laws a distant memory."