FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ms. Denise Penn
DenisePenn (at) aol (dot) com
May 15, 2008
The American Institute of Bisexuality (ABI) applauds today's California Supreme Court ruling that the state may no longer exclude same-sex couples from civil marriage. AIB also congratulates and thanks lead counsel NCLR, Lambda Legal, the ACLU and Equality California who have been fighting for this victory for four years on behalf of all of us.
AIB Board members Denise Penn stated: "Some say that The California Supreme Court just ruled favor of 'gay marriage', but it is so much more than that: They have affirmed the right that each of has the freedom to marry the person we love, regardless of their race, their religion, their social class or the gender of the person they choose to spend their life with. Many who wish to enter into a same -sex marriage do not identify as 'gay' and will benefit from this decision."
"The California Supreme Court decision protects more than gay marriage," added AIB Board members, Brad Kane. "It also protects the rights of lesbians and bisexuals. The court applied strict scrutiny to sexual orientation and bisexuality is a recognized sexual orientation. This decision goes well beyond marriage. It will affect state adoption rights, benefits, child custody, hospital visitation, personal injury damages, state taxes, all sorts of family rights."
"It is a victory for fairness and justice and equality, and it is important to acknowledge that all of us benefit from this decision. Today, we are proud to be Americans and proud to be living in the great state of California, leading the way to greater freedom, opportunity and prosperity for the rest of the country," concludes Penn.
The American Institute of Bisexuality (ABI), is a 501c3 public charity that supports and sponsors projects likely to promote understanding and visibility about bisexuality through education, research, training and media outreach. The American Institute of Bisexuality (ABI) raises awareness about the diversity of sexual orientation. American Institute of Bisexuality (ABI) is dedicated to the support of the bisexual community and the education of the public at large about the bisexual community.