Bonta Applauds Historic Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

Friday, June 26, 2015

(Sacramento, CA) - Following the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) made the following statement commending the expansion of marriage equality throughout the country and urging further progress:

“The Supreme Court’s decisions over the past two years on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act set the stage for today’s momentous decision expanding marriage equality across the nation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. As an attorney experienced in and committed to civil rights issues, I am encouraged that the Supreme Court had the moral and constitutional insight to recognize the importance of equality for all. The decision is particularly meaningful as we are just few days from the 46th anniversary of the start of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, which ushered in the modern LGBT rights movement.

“I am proud that the San Francisco City Attorney's office took a leading role in the legal battle for marriage equality since 2004 while I was working as a Deputy City Attorney. The San Francisco City Attorney's Office was the first governmental entity in American history ever to legally challenge marriage laws and the only law office to be involved as a party in every aspect of the legal battle since 2004. As a Deputy City Attorney for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, I was proud to be at the forefront of the historic legal battle for marriage equality in California. Now, as an Assemblymember for the 18th Assembly District, it fills me with joy to know that every loving couple can be married—and their marriage legally recognized—not just in California, but across the nation.

“Today marks a historic expansion in civil rights that will be rightfully celebrated for generations. But the fight at the intersection of social, economic, racial and LGBT justice marches on. We must not rest until all communities are free from discrimination, victimization, bigotry, and hate,” concluded Bonta.

Assemblymember Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. Bonta Chairs the Assembly Health Committee; the Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee; and the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color. He is also a member of the following committees: Appropriations, Budget, Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services, Joint Legislative Budget, and Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management.

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