Fred Karger, the former Reagan aide and LGBT campaigner, added his statement to the growing voices supporting the rulings out of the Supreme Court saying:
Nearly 56 long months ago gay marriage was yanked away from Californians by the slimmest of margins.
I had the privilege of working full time, from May through November in 2008, taking on the proponents of Proposition 8, specifically the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church), the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and their major donors.
We led boycotts of four of the biggest contributors to Prop 8 and settled three of them. I discovered the Mormon’s Church’s complete control of the qualification and passage of Prop 8 and got the LDS Church prosecuted, investigated, found guilty on 13 counts of election fraud and fined by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).
Today we celebrate two substantial victories before the United States Supreme Court in our fight for full equality. We are two giant steps closer to the day when all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans are truly equal under the law and to ourselves. We are no longer second-class citizens.
Huge thanks go out to the vision, courage and determination of Chad Griffin and his dream team of attorneys headed up by Ted Olson and David Boies. They put together the case that overturned Proposition 8 and dramatically changed public opinion along the way. Thanks, too to the heroic Edie Windsor and her attorney Roberta Kaplan for their incredible work to strike down government sanctioned discrimination, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
We will celebrate these victories today, and then get right back to work so that marriage equality is the law of the land in all 50 states.
After an unsuccessful attempt to become the Republican nominee for President, Karger decided to dedicate his time to fighting the National Organization for Marriage- one of the groups responsible for crafting and pushing Prop 8. The defeat of Prop 8 today was a huge victory for him, even if it was indirect.
Also, Reverend Doctor R. Scott Colglazier, the Senior Minister for First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, lauded the ruling by saying that “The Supreme Court made two right decisions today. It was a strong statement by the supporting Justices to say that all people are made in the image of their Creator, and that all people are of value just the way they are. In many ways, I hope that today’s decisions translate into a brighter and more equal future for all Americans, especially young gays and lesbians who may struggle with their identities and who are looking for the acceptance that all people deserve. Today, all Californians are now equal under State and Federal laws, and the LGBT Community has received the privileges of marriage for which they have most bravely fought.”
Dr. Colglazier and his staff await those who want to get married.
Meanwhile, just to add, during the coverage of the decision, Rachel Maddow broke down crying in happiness. This was probably not something most people expected, but it happened in a lot of places.