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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Causa Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA, California’s Prop 8

Causa Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA, California’s Prop 8

Salem, Ore. -- This morning, in a 5-4 vote, the United States Supreme Court
ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. DOMA barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states.

In another decision on California's Prop 8, the High Court also ruled 5-4 that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the Proposition 8 case. That left the San Francisco federal district court ruling in place overturning the law. Proposition 8 banned California from allowing same-sex marriages.

“Causa applauds today’s rulings by the Supreme Court,” said Luis Guerra, Causa Oregon's Executive Director. “This is a huge victory for our LGBT bi-national couples who will now be equal in the eyes of the federal government allowing them to have access to more than 1000 federal benefits, including immigration rights.”

"We are thrilled with the Supreme Court's decision to allow same sex marriages to be recognized federally," said Christian Baeff, Causa's LGBT Alliance Building Coordinator.  "This is life changing for many of our LGBT Latinas and Latinos. The fight is not over. We need to keep moving forward bringing equality all over the nation and here in Oregon."

Causa's ally, Basic Rights Oregon had this to say about today’s SCOTUS ruling: “This decision is monumental. But it also underscores the work to be done here in Oregon. We must continue our campaign to make marriage legal for all couples in Oregon, regardless of gender. Until it is legal for same-sex couples to marry in Oregon, federal relationship recognition will likely remain complicated—leaving Oregon’s families in limbo.”

Today, Causa will join Basic Rights Oregon, Oregon United for Marriage,and others for a Rally at Terry Shrunk Plaza at 5pm in celebration of the SCOTUS ruling on DOMA.

Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally - Portland, Oregon
June 26, 2013 at 5:00pm
Terry Shrunk Plaza
SW Madison St, 
Portland, OR 97204

The following quotes are from members of Causa's Weekly LGBT Group organized by Christian Baeff, Causa's LGBT Alliance Building Coordinator:

"Abolishing DOMA gives my 10 year relationship stability, having the fear of loosing my husband any time - gone! I will be able to now petition for his residency like straight couples can. There are also a 1000 (plus) benefits given to married straight couples that will make our lives easier. This is equal protection under the law and basic human rights." - Richard E.

"We needed DOMA gone. This ruling means that my friends will have the same rights as myself as a straight ally. I think it has been very wrong that I have these rights and they don't." - Martin. C.

"I want to have the hope of one day to be able to get married with the person I love and that we will be treated like any other person by the law of this country." - L.Vargas

"With DOMA repealed, it means a lot and a big change to where my fiance and I want to take our future. We do want to marry soon and we want to the world to know so. I want my family and friends to know that my marriage is no different than theirs. I want to know that if we start a family and we decide to travel within them in the US, that we will be safe and be together at all times. If something were to happen and we needed to go to the hospital, i want my children to have both their dads next to their bed side and not have trouble because only one can be the dad." - Erik and Jordan


Causa, Oregon's Statewide Immigrant Rights Organization, is a partner in the Oregon United for Marriage campaign and the largest Latina and Latino civil and human rights and advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit


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