Updated at 11 a.m. June 26, 2015
Southland elected officials hailed Friday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage as a landmark decision that finally recognized the principle of marriage freedom.
“I’m proud that Los Angeles has long championed marriage equality,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “This is not only a victory for freedom, inclusion and love but for the union of a nation founded on the principle that all Americans deserve to be treated equally.”
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, said that with Friday’s ruling, “love and dignity won.”
“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage is one of the strongest affirmations ever made to enshrine a central tenet of this nation: all people are created equal,” he said. “The struggle to truly realize justice and equality for all continues, but today represents a major step forward for our nation and the world in protecting the dignity of all humans regardless of where they come from or who they love.”
Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, who is openly gay, called the ruling “historic,” and he thanked the activists across the nation who fought for right of everyone to marry.
“Thank you to every grassroots activist who took to the streets,” he said. “To every person living paycheck to paycheck who sacrificed to make a donation to the cause. To every straight ally who said ‘no more’ to inequality. To every person who found their courage, burst open a closet door and told their story. To every person who listened to their heart, fought for their love and made equality happen. It is you who forced our spring. It is you who made today possible.”
Councilman Mitch O’Farrell said the ruling means that Americans “will no longer be marginalized for who they love.”
“The psychological damage to the LGBT community by denying full equality is profound and incalculable,” he said. “As we march to enlightenment as a civilization, let us not forget those who are no longer with us, who were ostracized and suffered in silence throughout their lives. From this day forward, that will no longer be the case, and that is worth celebrating.”
Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said the ruling brings resolution to one of the nation’s biggest civil-rights issues.
“Until today, our community has been denied the right to have our deepest relationships equally recognized by our nation’s fundamental law,” she said. “With the Supreme Court’s decision granting an equal right to marriage, we fully and joyfully join the larger American family. A great day.”
— City News Service