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We were waiting this now moments ago on the steps of the US Supreme Court the lawyers joined arm in arm hand -- hand with.
The plaintiffs in the proposition eight matter coming down the steps of the microphone now David Boies the lead attorney in this case.
-- Important decision brings.
That much closer to true equality.
In the decision.
Striking as unconstitutional.
The so called Obama -- defense of marriage case.
United States Supreme Court held that there was no purpose.
Gay and lesbian couples of the right to marry the person they love and there was no legitimate justification.
-- Justice Scalia noted.
That holding that principle.
Guarantee it right and every individual in every state.
And marriage equality.
In the California case.
The Supreme Court held.
That the proponents of proposition eight.
Did not have standing.
What that means.
Is that in that case the Supreme Court could not reach the merits.
But everything that the Supreme Court sat in the defense of marriage opinion.
Where they did reach the map.
That -- that case finally does come -- United States Supreme Court on the merits.
We'll be a law throughout this -- And played us now get to go back.
And together with every other citizen of California.
Marry the person -- law.
Okay a -- Yeah.
And the next step.
Is to translate.
The promise that was in Lawrence and it was real form reaffirmed today it in the -- -- case.
That every citizen in every state.
Has the right to marry the person that they -- The supreme court's decision on standing.
Is important for another reason.
When we started out in this case.
We said we were going to prove three things.
We're gonna prove that marriage to the fundamental right.
And the other side accepted them.
We said second we -- gonna prove.
Gay and lesbian citizens of the right to marry the person they love.
Seriously harmed them and search to harm to children they were raising.
And even the opponents.
Agreed -- back.
And third we sad.
We were going to prove.
Everyone to marry the person that they -- regardless of sexual orientation.
Did not could not.
And not only.
Did the proponents on cross examination.
Have to accept that.
But today the United States Supreme Court said as much.
Because they said the proponents of no concrete injury they cannot point anything's -- an arms them.
These two loving couples and couples like them throughout California.
Are now going to be able to -- And so this isn't this a wonderful day for outplayed -- it's a wonderful day for our.
Everyone around this country and in California in particular.
Who wants to be able to marry that person they love.
But it's a wonderful day for America because we have now taken this country.
Another important step towards guarantee the promise that is in our constitution.
In our declaration of independence.
That all people are created equal that all people have the available right to life liberty and the pursuit of happens.
This is a great today we thank the supreme aren't we thank all of you.
And perhaps most important we thank all of the people who devoted so much -- this battle over so many decades.
People who did it at a time when it was not as easy as it -- for Ted Olson and myself to going to court.
The only thing I regret today.
Is that my friend and colleague Ted Olson can't be here.
He has been a leader in this battle for the last four years.
He is unfortunately today in another court in another part of the country -- -- another case.
But his spirit is here and he will be -- me tonight.
And we will celebrate.
Because this is a victory not just for us not just for the plaintiffs not even just for the people who have worked for this for many decades.
But for all Americans I.
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