We call on the Supreme Court and Congress to protect the people's right to vote for marriage," stated Maggie Gallagher, Chairman of the Board of NOM
San Francisco Chronicle: “Reaction to Prop 8 Ruling: From cheers for ‘landmark victory’ to jeers for ‘openly gay’ judge”
Political groups, elected officials and activists on both sides are both wildly hailing -- and furiously denouncing - the decision of U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker today overturning Prop. 8, the controversial state ban on same sex marriage.
Some excerpts of statements just released:
*State Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown:(via Twitter)"It's official! Great news for California! Gay marriage ban has been overturned."
*Maggie Gallagher, chairman of the board of National Organization for Marriage: "Here we have an openly gay (according to the San Francisco Chronicle) federal judge substituting his views for those of the American people and of our Founding Fathers, who I promise you, would be shocked by courts that imagine they have the right to put gay marriage in our Constitution. We call on the Supreme Court and Congress to protect the people's right to vote for marriage."
San Jose Mercury News – “Federal judge strikes down California's ban on same-sex marriage”
"We expected nothing different from Judge Vaughn Walker, given the biased way he conducted this trial," said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage. "With a stroke of his pen, Judge Walker has overruled the votes and values of 7 million Californians who voted for marriage as one man and one woman."