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NBJC Responds to Supreme Court Decision to Hear Prop 8/DOMA Challenges


WASHINGTON, DC — December 7, 2012 — Today, the United States Supreme Court announced that it will hear the challenge to California’s Proposition 8 and one challenge to the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA). The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, responds to this historic moment for our nation.

“It is our hope that the Supreme Court will come out on the side of equality and in support of loving and committed couples who want nothing more than to make a lifelong commitment to the person they love,” says the Honorable Darryl Moore, Berkeley City Council Member and NBJC Board Chair. “Studies show that antiquated laws like Proposition 8 and DOMA disproportionately harm LGBT people of color, and ultimately our nation.”

“NBJC is determined to do whatever it takes to keep the momentum we’ve gained in support of building stronger Black families,” adds Sharon Lettman-Hicks, NBJC Executive Director and CEO. “Our movement is at a tipping point and it’s time the federal government and every state, including California, grant same-sex couples and their children the same respect and recognition as every other family.”

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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. NBJC's mission is to end racism and homophobia.

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.