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California Supreme Court Yields to 'We the People'

Contact: Valerie Mosher, Concerned Women for America, 202-488-7000, ext. 126

WASHINGTON, May 26 /Christian Newswire/ -- The California Supreme Court has finally yielded to the will of the majority of Californians who have voted consistently to preserve marriage for the union between one man and one woman.  The Court also held that same-sex couples who wed in the state prior to the ruling will still be considered to be married.

Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), said, "The arrogance of the California Supreme Court is limited but still holds sway.  They had to recognize the right of California citizens to uphold marriage through a constitutional amendment, but refuse to admit they were wrong in imposing same-sex 'marriage' in their previous decision.

"Thank goodness they recognized the rule of law, but they have created future havoc by allowing same-sex couples who participated in commitment ceremonies last year to push their claims to force others to recognize their unions.  People with moral and religious beliefs, people who want to protect their children from dealing with issues beyond their maturity, may face discrimination.  Californians will have to be vigilant to protect marriage and their religious freedoms and parental rights."

Mario Diaz, Esq., CWA's Policy Director for Legal Issues, said, "This decision is a great victory not only for marriage supporters, but for all freedom-loving Americans.  At its core, this decision was about our right to self-govern, and that right ruled the day.

"It is also interesting that this victory should come down on the same day that President Obama names his nominee to be the next Justice of the Supreme Court.  The whole marriage debacle in California should always be a reminder of the dangers of judicial activism and the price we will pay if we fail to appoint judges who respect and defend our laws and the Constitution as written."

Concerned Women for America is the nation's largest public policy women's organization.