Friday, May 16, 2008

California Democratic Party Chair Art Torres on gay marriage ruling

In which Chairman Torres expresses the view that gays and lesbians are people too:

Statement from Chairman Art Torres on California Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage

Release Date: May 15, 2008

Sacramento -- Senator Art Torres (Ret.), Chairman of the California Democratic Party, issued the following statement after the California Supreme Court overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage:

"The California Supreme Court’s ruling is a momentous decision for our state and nation that marks a giant step toward in our march toward true equality for all our citizens.

"We all owe Mayor Gavin Newsom a debt of gratitude for his visionary leadership on this crucial civil rights issue, as well as San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and the courageous plaintiffs in this case.

"But our march for justice and equality is far from over. We now must re-focus our efforts on fighting the divisive and discriminatory proposed constitutional amendment that would take away marriage equality for same-sex couples.

"Working together, we can ensure that once again, justice and equality will prevail."

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