Subject: Re:Supreme Court Decision on Same Sex Marriage
Date: Thu, June 05, 2008 10:43 am
Thank you for writing to share your thoughts on the California Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. I appreciate hearing from fellow Californians about the issues that are important to them.
In 2000, voters approved Proposition 22 - also known as the California Defense of Marriage Act - which stated that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. The California Constitution says that initiatives cannot be amended without another vote of the people, and so I vetoed all recent legislative efforts to amend the marriage laws without another vote of the people or a court decision. But I have always said that I would abide by the rulings of the state's highest court. On May 15, 2008, the California Supreme Court held that Proposition 22 is unconstitutional. I respect the Court's decision, and as I promised before, I will uphold its ruling.
Again, thank you for taking time to write and share your comments.