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Updated: Reaction to the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Gay Marriage from OC’s Electeds

Gay Pride, Marriage Equality

Gay Pride, Marriage Equality

With today being so historic, TheLiberalOC has asked elected officials and candidates across OC for their reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitution right.  We contacted the city councils in Irvine, Santa Ana, and Anaheim as well as the County Board of Supervisors and candidates for State Senate and the Assembly as well as current state assembly representatives for their reaction.

And yes, we reached across the aisle and contacted Republicans as well.  We’ll update the comments as they come in.

In Irvine.

Beth Krom

Beth Krom:

“I applaud the Supreme Court decision affirming the right of same-sex couples to marry. Justice Kennedy showed courage and compassion, as did the other Justices who cast their historic votes in support of marriage equality. Discrimination in any form undermines our commitment to civil rights and human rights.”

No comments yet from Lynn Schott, Jeff Lalloway, Christina Shea or Mayor Steven Choi.

While there was no comment from Lalloway, this interesting exchange on Twitter:



  1. I would think that bad SCOTUS decisions eg Dred Scott need courageous leaders who would try to change bad laws. Not just quit

  1. for all those conservative leaders who have lectured on accountability and law and order, how can they so easily defy the Supreme Court?

  2. Would you be ok with another SCOTUS overturning the marriage decision?

  3. i wouldn’t like it or agree, but it would be the law of the land. and those obligated to administer need to follow. or quit.

  4. I would think that bad SCOTUS decisions eg Dred Scott need courageous leaders who would try to change bad laws. Not just quit

  5. do it through the democratic process then.

  6. and keep in mind that the bad SC decisions were the ones that restricted rights, not expanded them.

Lynn Schott: retweeted a Brookings Institute article on “the conservative case for gay marriage.”

In Anaheim:

Kris Murray:

Kris Murray

Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray

“As someone who supports equality under the law for all, this was a huge win for equal rights today. So pleased by the Supreme Courts decision. God Bless America!”

No comments yet from Jordan Brandman, Lucille Kring, James Vanderbilt or Mayor Tom Tait.


In Santa Ana:

Angie Amezcua:

“I believe the ruling is a cause for celebration.  This is a victory for our LGBT community that was long overdue.”

Vince Sarmiento:  “Today’s Supreme Court ruling recognizes equality and brings our society closer to eliminating prejudice.  As Mayor Pro Tem of Santa Ana, I’m proud that our great city is home to the LGBT Center OC, one of the oldest gay and lesbian community centers in the United States.  The City of Santa Ana has a strong history of advocacy on behalf of our diverse community, including official support of Harvey Milk Day and serving as the host city of the OC Pride festivities.  I praise the Supreme Court for their wisdom and leadership to further acceptance and unity in our country.”


County Board of Supervisors:

No comments yet from any of the Supes

In AD-65

Sharon Quirk-Silva:

Sharon Quirk-Silva

“On this historic day, I applaud this landmark decision by the kdfUnited States Supreme Court on same-sex marriage. In the court’s opinion… “All people are created equal.”  Simply stated, this begins a new chapter in our country that will allow people to marry who they choose.  This is a  great step forward.  As  we celebrate today, we know that we will have to continue our fight for justice, for dignity, and equality on many other fronts.  Congratulations  to all those who have fought this battle.”

No comment from State Rep. Young Kim.

In SD-29:

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Sukhee Kang:

“I am relieved and pleased that the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that all states must treat marriage equally.  Marriage equality has been a settled issue in California, and now it is settled law everywhere.  This landmark ruling by the highest court means that couples and families throughout the country will be treated fairly and equitably, with the full rights accorded under the Constitution and the law.”

No comment from Ling Ling Chang.

We’ll update this post as more comments come in.

  26 comments for “Updated: Reaction to the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Gay Marriage from OC’s Electeds

  1. tinLizzy
    June 27, 2015 at 11:39 am

    No comments from Christina Shea? She still hates gay people doesn’t she. And Lynn Schott must be too busy washing in the blood of Christ to bother. The OJ guys must be having a stroke over Kris Murray’s comments

    • Randy Roddy
      June 30, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      “The OJ guys must be having a stroke over Kris Murray’s comments”

      No, Cunningham is the one having a stroke. He got paid to oppose marriage equality.

      • June 30, 2015 at 3:40 pm

        I disagree. I’m pretty sure Matt saw the writing on the wall on this awhile ago.

    • Greg Diamond
      July 2, 2015 at 12:58 am

      No, no stroke over this: Didn’t even see those comments until now.

      If the quote is accurate, then I say “good for Kris Murray on this issue!” I’m not totally surprised — she is close to Pringle and Todd Priest, after all. And she cares much more about union busting and pension stealing and enriching her patrons than she seems to about social issues.

      Ask her about abortion rights next! Then I might be somewhat impressed.

      P.S.: Were all of those “no comments” preceded by requests for comment?

      • July 2, 2015 at 5:19 pm

        With due respect, the member of the Anaheim council most interested in union busting is Tom Tait. Murray tends to vote for union contracts…

        Are liberals using the term “abortion rights?” I thought we were more about being pro-choice than pro-abortion.

      • July 2, 2015 at 5:19 pm

        and yes, all of the comments were sought for through the PIOs of each city and the county’s PIO.

  2. John Yopes
    June 27, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Irvine Council Member Jeff Lalloway tweeted a line from Scalia’s dissent calling marriage equality decision “a threat to American democracy.”

    • Pinky
      June 27, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Lalloway is a TeaBagger. Homophobe

  3. Dan Chmielewski
    June 27, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    If retweets reflect your view, I’d love to hear why Lalloway thinks thi way

  4. Sean Mill Honeymoon
    June 27, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks to Sean Mill and his numerous writings for this huge gay rights victory.

  5. June 27, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    And Sean did all that writing from what he used to call “Little Ho Chi Mihn City” or a West Santa Ana. Of course no one can find a single story

  6. RHackett
    June 28, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Been a tough week for conservatives of the John Jaeger variety.

  7. eddie B
    June 28, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    OH yeah baby…just toss that bible in the trash now..you won you won….the victory is yours gays and lesbians and transgenders….just do whatever you want..LIVE IT UP…burn the bibles…don’t go to church anymore…you’ve created your own hell…have fun….you worked so hard for this…congrats!!!!!!!!!!! March on…gay pride forever…the following scripture should be BURNED and torn out of the bible, right?

    So in Book of Romans 1:24:
    God said, in effect, “If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.” It wasn’t long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them—the God we bless, the God who blesses us. Oh, yes!

    26-27 Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn’t know how to be human either—women didn’t know how to be women, men didn’t know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men—all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches.

    28-32 Since they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-bashers. Bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives. They ditch their parents when they get in the way. Stupid, slimy, cruel, cold-blooded. And it’s not as if they don’t know better. They know perfectly well they’re spitting in God’s face. And they don’t care—worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best!

    • June 29, 2015 at 7:18 am

      Eddie — There are a number of LGBTQ members who are devout and attend religious services regularly. That said, I hope you enjoyed you bacon this morning and your shellfish last night. Nice tattoos; all abominations according to the Bible

    • June 29, 2015 at 8:47 am

      since we’re quoting the Bible: there were a variety of unions and family configurations that were permissible in the cultures that produced the Bible, and these ranged from monogamy (Titus 1:6) to those where rape victims were forced to marry their rapist (Deuteronomy 22:28-29) and to those Levirate marriage commands obligating a man to marry his brother’s widow regardless of the living brother’s marital status (Deuteronomy 25:5-10; Genesis 38; Ruth 2-4). Others insisted that celibacy was the preferred option (1 Corinthians 7:8; 28).

    • RHackett
      June 29, 2015 at 12:17 pm


      I thought you would be saying it is all part of God’s plan.

      Because that is fundamentalists always say when something happens that they like.

  8. junior
    June 29, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Now that SCOTUS has redefined marriage to their liking – what are the arguments against 3 – 4 or more person marriages? Don’t say tradition – that argument has been thrown out the window.

    • Cynthia mae Curran
      July 1, 2015 at 8:19 am

      Why worry Jr, only some Mormons and some immirgrant groups from Africa want that. Many countries had plural marriage. i Think Republicans should not be all concern about the gay issue in fact most whites in OC under 30 could care less about it. I would like to destroy the religious right in OC and it will happen in 10 years, mark my words.

  9. David Vasquez
    June 29, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    I could care less what OC elected have to ay about this just, proper, and (to be) long standing ruling.

    As evidenced by nearly every comment there was more self serving grandstanding than substance. In the words of Rob Jacobs, the well regarded activist: “Where were these people when “Fags” were taking baseball bat’s to the back of the head in Newport, Laguna and Santa Ana?”

    Rob is right to a degree, it is easy for these politicians to stand up now, but ask yourself, when was the last time you saw Vince a his equally powerful wife visit a regular event, that wasn’t publicized or a parade????????

    Regardless, it’s about time

  10. Randy Roddy
    June 30, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Waiting for Jordan Brandman’s response. That should be interesting.

    • June 30, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      I’m waiting for Sal Tinajero’s response. He’s supposed to be the biggest proponent of the Gay community in OC according to his appointed planning commissioner yet I don’t recall a single piece of legislation he’s advanced.

    • June 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      No more interesting than anyone else’s……

  11. Sean Mill Honeymoon
    June 30, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Sal Tinajero was asked during a counci meeting to name a park or plaza after civil rights activist Harvey Mill. Sal Tinajero and the rest of said council chose to ignore the request.

    • July 1, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Making my point…what exactly has Sal done that makes him the “leading proponent of the LGBT community in OC”…

  12. Sean Mill Honeymoon
    June 30, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Vincent Sarmiento is once again talking out his A#*. Why didn’t Vincent choose to name a park or plaza after Harvey Milk when he was asked to do so. The only diversity Vincent Sarmiento cares about is the diversity of currency denominations given to him as campaign contributions. He’s as phony as a three dollar bill.

  13. Cynthia mae Curran
    July 1, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Actually, there are a lot of people that don’t care either way. Eventually in the 2020’s the republican party will be less religious since younger Republicans are. In fact Oc opposition to gay marriage has changed. In 2000 the state opposed gay marriage by 61 percent and in 2008 oc opposed gay marriage by 56 percent. Now its probably 52 or 50.

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