June 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) released the following statement today on the US Supreme Court’s refusal to rule on the merits of Prop 8, which will leave in place the District Court decision striking down discrimination against LGBT people.

“This is a momentous step forward for civil rights. While the Court fell short of extending marriage equality to all Americans, its decision today ends the division of Californians into two legal classes. It ends the government’s role in deciding whose marriages, whose love, and whose families deserve full status in our state. It brings our country closer to the day when no Americans are devalued or discriminated against simply because of who they are.

“I had the privilege to marry 50 couples during the brief window in 2008 when gay marriage was legal and I am looking forward to doing that again once California officials clear the way for all marriages to resume.

“LGBT Californians have endured years of public debate over their civil rights and their personal relationships. That debate is now over and all Californians are equal under the law.”