Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Dismissing Appeal of Discriminatory Proposition 8 and Upholding Marriage Equality for Californians

Today marks another important step on the long march to justice and equality for all. The Supreme Court's dismissal of the challenge to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling overturning Proposition 8, which denied same-sex couples in California the right to marry the person they loved, means marriage equality stands in our state.

Californians have reason to celebrate. 

In 1989 when I introduced the first gay marriage bill in California, I couldn't even get a motion to get the bill out of committee.

We've made progress but work remains to be done because there are loving couples in thirty-seven states who do not currently enjoy the same rights that those of us lucky enough to live in California currently enjoy.

Today we celebrate. Tomorrow we march on.

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