May 26th, 2009 | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

California Court Upholds Prop 8. Here's What Basic Rights Oregon Thinks That Decision Means.

Jeana Frazzini

As expected, California's Supreme Court announced this morning that it has upheld the state's ban on same-sex marriage but will let stand the thousands of marriages that took place between gay couples before voters approved that ban with Proposition 8 last fall.

Jeana Frazzini, head of Basic Rights Oregon, said this morning that her gay-rights group was obviously disappointed by the decision. But Frazzini was optimistic the California court ruling will push supporters of same-sex marriage in Oregon to fight even harder for marriage equality by encouraging those supporters to tell others what the denial of this basic right — and rite — means.

"We can't look to any institution, whether it's the courts or anything else to do this for us," Frazzini says. "It's going to take every fair-minded person in Oregon, in California and across the country."

Frazzini says she will be at a rally tonight on Portland's waterfront for supporters of same-sex marriage in Oregon.
 
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