Soulforce Statement on California Supreme Court Ruling

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SOULFORCE PRESS RELEASE: May 26, 2009
For Immediate Release
Contact: Carlos Perez de Alejo, Media Director
Cell: (512) 321-948-3423 Email: carlos@soulforce.org
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Today Soulforce joins millions of Americans in expressing our deep disappointment over the California Supreme Court’s decision to deny marriage to same-sex couples. While we are pleased that the marriages of over 18,000 couples in 2008 will remain intact, we are outraged by the decision on Proposition 8.

“We are heartbroken for all those couples in California, and around the country, who have been denied the fundamental right to marry the person they love," said Jeff Lutes, Executive Director of Soulforce.  "But today’s ruling does absolutely nothing to weaken our resolve. We are more determined than ever.  Make no mistake about it: we will win full civil equality under the law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.  We must continue to expose and resist the direct link between religious dogma and the attack on our human rights.”

Soulforce organizers in Colorado will stage a nonviolent direct action outside Denver’s Wellington E. Webb Municipal Building this afternoon.   Approximately thirty minutes into the event, several couples and individuals will stage a sit-in at Denver’s clerk and recorder office to remind the public that LGBT people throughout the United States are still denied equal protection in matters governed by civil law.  Several are expected to be arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience.  

Soulforce joins many others on www.dayofdecision.com who are uniting to win equality.  The Soulforce Pledge to Nonviolence, Call to Direct Action, and link to the new training website, www.nonviolence4equality.org, are all featured on this site. Over 100 events are planned nationwide in response to today’s unjust decision.  

Be on the lookout for a bold new Soulforce plan that will empower people, resist injustice, and change hearts and minds about marriage equality. 

Soulforce is a national civil rights and social justice organization dedicated to freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance.

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Adam

Adam grew up in Memphis, TN where in his early teens, he witnessed much of the civil rights movement, including nonviolent demonstrations and marches led by Dr. King, Rev. James Lawson and his brother Phil and other of his present day heroes. After graduating from the University of Alabama, he worked in business and marketing in retailing and real estate. Coming out as a 40 year old, he shifted his attention from a traditional business career to a life of service. Presently, Bill is an active student of Truth principles, active at his Unity church and as a trainer in welcoming diversity and in principles of nonviolence. Bill says one of his greatest Soulforce experiences was early in Soulforce history at the UMC convention in Cleveland, OH in 2000 hearing two of his s/heroes Bob and Jeanie Graetz tell about the "second time their house was firebombed" while living in Montgomery, Alabama.