city attorney Mike Feuer

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Friday legalizing same-sex marriage will allow gay and lesbian couples who were married in Los Angeles and elsewhere in California to have their unions recognized anywhere in the country, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said Friday.

The ruling “is poignant to families in every city and every state,” Feuer said.

Feuer earlier this year filed a brief with the Supreme Court on behalf of 226 mayors, 39 cities and others in support of same-sex marriage.

“Now, with the Supreme Court’s opinion, a family that is married here in Los Angeles, and may for example have a business or a personal reason to need to move to another state, can move freely knowing that the sanctity of their marriage will be recognized by any state to which they move,” Feuer said.

The majority ruling, as well as his own brief, emphasized that the recognition of same-sex marriage “strengthens bonds between parents and children,” and families will no longer fear that they “might be de- stabilized,” or that “the dignity and the strength of that family might diminished,” he said.

Feuer noted that the ruling has a personal resonance for him. In 2008, he performed the marriage for his brother and his same-sex partner in Los Angeles, but when the couple moved to Kansas, their home state, their marriage was no longer recognized.

“It is a very exciting day for families like my brother’s across the United States, and I’m very proud of the fact that our office stepped forward on this case,” Feuer said.

He added “there is still work to do” in some states, such as Kansas, where the governor recently took away protections for state workers who are gay or lesbian, but “there is a great deal to celebrate today.”

—City News Service

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