Soulforce Responds to Prop 8 Decision

Today Soulforce joins millions of Americans in expressing our deep disappointment over the California Supreme Court’s decision to deny marriage to same-sex couples. While we are pleased that the marriages of over 18,000 couples in 2008 will remain intact, we are outraged by the decision on Proposition 8.

“My husband and I were married on Zuma Beach in Malibu on June 17, 2008, with our three children and a dozen close friends by our side. We cried our way through our vows, and sang James Taylor’s ‘You’ve Got A Friend’ with everyone who came to love and support us,” said Jeff Lutes, Soulforce Executive Director. “We are heartbroken for all those couples in California, and around the country, who have been denied the fundamental right to marry the person they love. But today’s ruling does absolutely nothing to weaken our resolve. We are more determined than ever – we will win full civil equality under the law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people – make no mistake about it. We must continue to expose and resist the direct link between religious dogma and the attack on our human rights.”

Soulforce organizers in Colorado will stage a nonviolent direct action outside Denver’s Wellington E. Webb Municipal Building this afternoon. Approximately thirty minutes into the event, several couples and individuals will stage a sit-in at Denver’s clerk and recorder office to remind the public that LGBT people throughout the United States are still denied equal protection in matters governed by civil law. Several are expected to be arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience.

Soulforce joins many others on who are uniting to win equality. The Soulforce Pledge to Nonviolence, Call to Direct Action, and link to the new training website,, are all featured on this site. Over 100 events are planned nationwide in response to today’s unjust decision.

Be on the lookout for a bold new Soulforce plan that will empower people, resist injustice, and change hearts and minds about marriage equality. Our plan isn’t for the meek – but then again – nonviolence never is.

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