Rob Reiner, gay marriage activist, ‘elated’ by Prop. 8 ruling

Actor-director and political activist Rob Reiner, who cofounded the group that led the court battle against Proposition 8, said he was “elated” when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that defenders of the same sex-marriage ban had no legal standing in court, clearing the way for gay marriage to resume in California.

Speaking in a phone interview from a Connecticut set Friday, Reiner discussed the future of same-sex marriage in the United States, saying his group –– American Foundation for Equal Rights — would look for ways to continue its effort nationwide.

“To me, the concern at this point is how do we take these two landmark rulings on DOMA and Prop. 8 and fold that into ultimately a real try to find a way to use those two rulings and move ahead to allow marriage for gays and lesbians throughout the country,” Reiner said. “Right now we’ve got 13 states and D.C. and we have to find ways to make this available to everybody in America.”

Reiner said AFER would potentially look at bringing another gay marriage-related case to the courts that would address the constitutionality of the issue, in order to avoid a prolonged state-by-state fight.

Written by Kate Mather. To read the full article, click here.


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