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OCA Stands in Solidarity for Marriage Equality

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OCA Stands in Solidarity for Marriage Equality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

28 March 2013

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Tom Hayashi | Executive Director

202 223 5500 | thayashi@ocanational.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being APAs, is proud to stand in solidarity for marriage equality.

"As a national civil rights organization that advocates for thousands of APAs, many of whom are LGBT, we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who seek equal treatment under the law,” says Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President. "The rights that are accorded to heterosexual couples must be also be applied to same-sex couples.”

On Tuesday, oral arguments were heard on Proposition 8, California’s ban on gay marriage, which is being challenged under the 14th Amendment which may bar the state from having the ability to define marriage between a man and a woman. A decision that prevents the state from defining marriage could have broad sweeping implications to states that have passed marriage equality measures.

In a rally at the United States Supreme Court yesterday, hundreds of community advocates assembled to show their support of marriage equality policies during the oral arguments of the United States v. Windsor case where the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act is being challenged. The Defense of Marriage Act unfairly prohibits federal agencies from recognizing same-sex couples and giving them the benefits that opposite-sex couples receive. These benefits include immigration rights provisions that have denied countless numbers of qualified spouses from receiving a green card simply because of their sexual orientation.

During the event, OCA Executive Director Tom Hayashi spoke on the importance of the landmark cases:

"The decisions that will be handed down simply but significantly will either continue to take us down the path of bigotry in this country or take us to a higher ground towards what our forefathers called ‘a more perfect union,’” said Hayashi to a crowd of supporters. "The greatness of our country rests in our resolve and ability to advance the interest of all Americans and aspiring Americans irrespective of race, gender, ability, religion, or sexual orientation.

Consistent with the organizational stance to uphold equality and equity for all Asian Pacific Americans, OCA reaffirms its commitment to marriage rights through a 2007 national resolution calling for legal recognition of married individuals without limitation based upon race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.


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