Ask the courts: Honor Valentine's Day, lift the stay on the 9th Circuit's Prop 8 ruling!

Dear Courage Campaigner,

It's Valentine's Day. One week ago, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Prop 8 is unconstitutional. Judge Walker ruled the same in 2010. Yet same-sex couples still cannot get married in California. I know this because my partner of 41 years, Ed, died last December on the eve of yet another hearing in the trial. We never had the chance to get married.

This video is from his funeral. I know we're not "supposed" to ask the courts for anything -- that's what 
the lawyers are for. But these judges all read the newspaper, they all watch TV, they listen to the radio. 
And I let this video be made because I hope they will see the suffering that is going on while this case drags on. That's where I need your help.

Please watch this video about me and my partner Ed, and then sign in support of lifting the stay on the Prop 8 decision.

A "stay" is to prevent irreparable harm while a matter is being decided. The only irreparable harm is to people like Ed, who die before they can marry. So why the stay? Allowing same-sex couples to get married causes no irreparable harm to the people of California. By all means -- resolve the Prop 8 case as it should be. But please allow people to have their dignity before it's too late.


Derence Kernek, Palm Springs, CA

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