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OCA Supports Supreme Court's Decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry

Wednesday, June 26, 2013   (0 Comments)
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OCA Supports Supreme Court's Decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry


26 June 2013


Tom Hayashi | Executive Director

202 223 5500 |

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), supports the United States Supreme Court’s decision to forgo ruling on Hollingsworth v. Perry.

In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court decided that the plaintiff did not have standing to appeal the lower court decision. This means that the lower court opinion to repeal Proposition 8 will be held, and same-sex marriages will officially be recognized in the state of California. California has one of the largest APA and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations in the United States. Without Prop 8 in place, hundreds of thousands of LGBT APA will now have the same access to marriage that many of opposite-sex couples already do.

"It was less than ten years ago when there were laws in the United States that made it more or less illegal to just be gay,” says Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President, "That we can stand here today and say that same-sex marriage is legal in the state of California is a testament to the amazing organization and work of the LGBT and APA allied communities.”

Today’s decision was a stepping stone for civil rights. However, even though this ruling was a triumph for California, there are still 37 states where same-sex marriage is illegal. As we celebrate today’s victories after a string of disappointing decisions by the US Supreme Court, we as a community and, certainly as an organization, must continue to push the arc of justice beyond marriage rights to address homophobia, including hate crimes against LGBT APAs.

"Although I am glad that the end result of the Supreme Court’s decision was a step forward for civil rights, I do not believe that they went far enough,” says Tom Hayashi, OCA Executive Director, "If the Supreme Court had taken the case, they could have potentially paved the way to legalize same-sex marriage across all fifty states.”

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