Bonta Dedicated to Marriage Equality on Eve of Historic Supreme Court Arguments

Monday, March 25, 2013

Applauds Flags Flown in Oakland, San Leandro, and Alameda in Support of LGBT Community

(Sacramento, CA) - As a Deputy City Attorney for the San Francisco City Attorney's Office, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) has been at the forefront of the historic legal battle for marriage equality in California. The San Francisco City Attorney's Office was the first governmental entity in American history ever to sue to invalidate discriminatory marriage laws and the only law office to be involved as a party in every aspect of the legal battle since 2004. And on the eve of the Supreme Court's hearing arguments on marriage equality, Bonta made the following statement in support of marriage equality in California and throughout the country:

"Tomorrow's arguments are another defining moment in the legal battle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights and equality. As an attorney experienced and committed to civil rights issues, I am hopeful that the Supreme Court has the moral and constitutional insight to recognize the failings of Proposition 8 and the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. 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 a Deputy City Attorney. 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.

"I am also proud that each of the cities I represent in the East Bay is demonstrating a strong commitment to this issue. Oakland, San Leandro, and Alameda will each fly the LGBT pride flag over their City Hall this week in a symbolic gesture supporting marriage equality.

"I am hopeful and confident that the misguidance of the opponents to marriage equality in these cases will not distract the fair judgment of our Supreme Court this week or at any time in the future," concluded Bonta.

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