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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
CONTACT: Doug Gordon : (202)-494-5141 :


Statement of Rick Jacobs, founder and chair of the, a leading California-based progressive organization, on today’s Supreme Court rulings:

“Today the nation took another historic step towards creating a more perfect union. This is a watershed moment for equality and a clear statement from the highest court in the land that discrimination and hatred have no place in a country founded on the principles of liberty, justice and equality. The judiciary has now caught up with the American public and the tremendous momentum our movement has had since the passage of Prop. 8 five years ago. Love should not be legislated or litigated. We hope today’s rulings settle this issue once and for all as we celebrate loving couples marrying in California and across the country in the coming weeks, months and years.”

*** Rick Jacobs is available to discuss the legal and political ramifications of today’s rulings. To schedule an interview contact Doug Gordon (202)-494-5141, or Brett Abrams (516)-841-1105 , ***

Courage Campaign’s and the Fight Against Prop 8:
March 2009: the Courage Campaign launches the powerful “Fidelity video”. It quickly becomes the most-watched political video in California history:

May 2009: the Courage Campaign becomes the first group to publicly support the lawsuit against Prop 8.

January 2010: Courage Campaign members submit more than 110,000 letters to Judge Walker’s Northern District Court calling for the Prop. 8 Trial to be broadcast publicly.  This online effort is twice mentioned in Justice Breyer’s dissent in the 5-4 Supreme Court decision that prevented the case from being televised.  Courage Campaign becomes the “blog of record” providing live, contemporaneous transcription of the entire trial at Courage Campaign Institute’s, generating over 1 million views during the trial and eventually over 5 million views and 175,000 comments.

January 2010 – Today: Courage Campaign Institute’s blogged every oral argument, every motion, every brief, every decision, every hearing, everything. Becomes the #1 result when most people Google “Prop 8 trial” higher than Wikipedia. Today it has over 5 million views.

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Courage California, formerly Courage Campaign, works to unite communities organizing for progressive change, fight the forces of corruption, and hold our representatives to account in order to ensure that California’s elected officials act with courage. Our community of members envision California as a model of progressive, equitable, and truly representative democracy that sets the standard for our country.


Angela Chavez