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Prop. 8: Californians Against Hate vows new ballot initiative on gay marriage

May 26, 2009 |  1:40 pm

The founder of Californians Against Hate vowed that today's state high-court ruling would be a short-lived setback because proponents of same-sex marriage will prevail in the next election.

"As the country moves forward on gay and lesbian equality, our Supreme Court took a giant step backward," said Fred Karger, founder of the group supporting gay marriage. "One year ago the California Supreme Court showed great courage and conviction in recognizing equal protection for all. Now we must regain marriage equality, and immediately go back on the ballot to repeal Proposition 8."

The group will in the meantime keep close watch over "those who bully us and spend vast sums of money against us," Karger said, promising to aggressively pursue full financial disclosure by individuals and organizations donating time and money to defeat gay marriage rights across the country.

"We live in a country that was founded with the express belief that all men and women are created equal. We will fight for that inalienable right so that future generations never, ever have to experience discrimination," Karger said.

--Carol J. Williams