The U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage rulings – including the one overturning California’s Proposition 8 – have reverberated through the state Capitol.
Assembly Speaker John Pérez is the first openly gay person to lead the lower chamber:
“This is the first time in my life that I felt that the law fully recognized me as being equal to everyone else.” says Pérez.
Legislative Democrats quickly sent out statements praising the ruling. Republicans reacted much more slowly. Senator Jean Fuller says she’s been searching the Scriptures for an appropriate response.
“I think we are all trying to move forward in having the appropriate attitude to support the law of the land – even though some of us will have to find ways to make ourselves feel comfortable with all of its impacts," says Fuller.
Other Republicans criticized Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris for not defending Prop 8 in court. They say today’s ruling could set a precedent for future initiatives being overturned for political reasons.