Proposition 8 was overturned today. A press conference to commemorate this historic decision will be held on Thursday, Aug. 5, at 5:30 pm, at the Oakland Pride office, 495 Embarcadero West in Jack London Square. City of Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan and Oakland Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community leaders will feature. California’s controversial Proposition 8 was overturned in an historic court ruling today. The proposition declared that marriage was solely between a man and a woman in the form of a constitutional amendment. During the course of the trial, David Boies, lawyer for the plaintiff, argued that traditional marriage is nothing but “the residue of centuries of figurative and literal gay bashing.” Ju Opponents to Prop. 8 argue that the proposition violates the guarantee of equal protection under the law and that the majority should never have been allowed to vote on the civil rights for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s decision states that: “Plaintiffs challenge Proposition 8 under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. Each challenge is independently meritorious, as Proposition 8 both unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates an irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation.” The ruling is expected to be appealed to the higher court. Oakland Pride celebrates Judge Walker’s ruling to validate the rights of same-sex people to marry the person of their choice. “We applaud the decision to overturn Prop 8,” declared Amber Todd, Co-chair of Oakland Pride’s Board of Directors. “Separate is never equal. As a mother of four, I believe this ruling states to all children and families that all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, are entitled to marry the person of their choice and deserve equal protection under the law.” It is the mission of Oakland Pride to celebrate the cultures and diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community in Oakland and the East Bay. We are dedicated to educating the greater community, and promoting equality, civic involvement and responsibility within Oakland and neighboring communities. Oakland Pride is committed to facilitating leadership and coalition building in the funding and development of the first LGBTQ Community Center in Oakland for everyone.