LACDP Chair and California Democratic Party Vice-Chair Eric C. Bauman issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Marriage Equality:
“Today marks a triumphant victory for justice, equality, and human dignity for all. This morning, the United States Supreme Court declared marriage a fundamental right, legalizing marriage for same-sex couples across the nation – on the anniversary of the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, no less. This is a giant leap in the advancement of American Civil Rights for all Americans.
“This is a defining moment in America’s continuing Civil Rights struggle: from the 1967 historic Loving v. Virginia decision that declared the ban the interracial marriage unconstitutional to today’s ruling affirming equal rights for same-sex couples, the Supreme Court has time and again made clear that any effort to perpetuate discrimination runs counter to the fundamental principles of the U.S. Constitution.
“My husband Michael and I are lucky that we were legally married in 2008 here in California, and just recently celebrated our 32nd anniversary together. I’m so proud that now so many of our friends can be legally married, and marriage is now just simply called ‘marriage’.”