Assemblymember Bonta Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Rulings On Proposition 8, DOMA

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

(Sacramento, CA) - Following today’s Supreme Court decisions on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) made the following statement in support of marriage equality in California and throughout the country:

"Today's decisions mark the turning point in the legal battle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights and equality. 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 failings of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and rule it unconstitutional. The decision is particularly meaningful today as we are just just two days shy of the 44th anniversary of the start of the Stonewall Riots in New York City which ushered in the gay civil rights movement.

"The ruling on Proposition 8 allows two loving adults in California to enter into marriage, regardless of their gender. While it was my hope that the Supreme Court would have more broadly ruled in favor of justice and equality by holding Proposition 8 unconstitutional, their more narrow ruling on the standing of the parties invalidates Proposition 8 and legalizes gay marriage in California.

“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, I am looking forward to continuing the fight to allow every loving couple to be married not just in California, but across the nation.

"Sixty four years after Perez v. Sharp invalidated interracial marriage bans in California, and forty six years after Loving v. Virginia extended those protections across the nation, I am hopeful and confident that the march of progress will continue and one day soon marriage equality will be the law of the land," concluded Bonta.

Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro. He is the Chair of the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee, and a member of the Assembly Health, Transportation, Banking & Finance, and Elections & Redistricting Committees.