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CA Democratic Party Chair on Prop 8 Decision

This release just came in from California Democratic Party Chairman Senator John Burton (Ret.).

Today’s decision, while heartbreaking, doesn’t end the historic struggle for marriage equality. It renews our dedication to making sure all California families can again enjoy the dignity, commitment and responsibility of marriage. 

I commend the California Supreme Court for validating the rights of the 18,000 lesbian and gay couples who married last year before Proposition 8 passed.  These couples and their children will continue to enjoy the full security and legal protection of marriage.

Within the next few years, I know California will restore legal, civil marriages for gay and lesbian couples.  The California Democratic Party will play a leading role in ending marriage discrimination in California and I look forward to the day when that happens.