We therefore conclude that in view of the substance and significance of the fundamental constitutional right to form a family relationship, the California Constitution properly must be interpreted to guarantee this basic civil right to all Californians, whether gay or heterosexual, and to same-sex couples as well as to opposite-sex couples.
The court just ruled in our favor. This is a monumental decision that is putting California back in the forefront in guaranteeing equal rights for all. And hopefully, the rest of the nation will soon follow the lead of Massachusetts… And now, CALIFORNIA!!!
“Full and equal recognition of our relationships means that we have crossed a final barrier toward full and equal citizenship, at least in California. This day has been years in the making, but we know we can’t celebrate for long…
today we celebrate. Today we savor the full and equal recognition of our relationships, our families, and our responsibilities that come with it. But tomorrow, we organize. Our equality did not come easily. We will not let it go. – Ed Bennett, President of Sacramento Stonewall Democrats
Mr. Bennett is totally right on here. Today, we can celebrate and savor our rightfully earned victory. But tomorrow, we’ll need to work our hardest to defend the equal rights that we LGBT citizens have just achieved. The radical right must already be thinking of ways to turn back the clock, but we won’t let them win.
Today is a real turning point in California. And from now on, there’s no turning back. The State Supreme Court has now recognized that the basic right of two people in love to marry and form a family can not be denied to gay and lesbian couples. And now, we truly are that much closer to achieving full civil rights for all.