MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING THE FEDERAL COURT RULING ON PROPOSITION 8
LOS ANGELES – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today issued the following statement regarding the Federal Court ruling on Proposition 8:
“Today we have taken another momentous step on the path to full equality and dignity for all Californians and all Americans. Today, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit refused to reconsider its landmark ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. In its original ruling striking down Proposition 8, the Court was clear and compelling. Proposition 8 “serves no purpose…other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California.” With its decision, the court has once again affirmed a basic American truth: bigotry and bias have no place in our laws.
Today we celebrate. We celebrate a victory for love, a victory for the thousands of California couples who want to do nothing more than to seal their lifelong commitment to each other through the bonds of marriage. Tomorrow we prepare for the hoped-for last chapter in our decades long fight for marriage equality: a ruling by the United States Supreme Court. Between now and then, we will continue to make our case: love doesn’t care if you’re gay or straight, love doesn’t discriminate.”