SACRAMENTO, CA – After appearing with other members of the LGBT Caucus this morning, where she spoke passionately about the Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Prop. 8, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman released the following statement:
"I met my partner of 31 years, Renee, while we were both serving together in the U.S. Army. It was important to us that we not marry until the union was recognized under federal law. The Supreme Court's decision has made that possible, and I am overjoyed at what this means for us, our family, and many others."
"The last few years have seen sweeping changes in the way Americans think about LGBT rights. Last year there was the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and this year dozens of U.S. Senators and members of Congress who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 weighed in for its repeal. The fall of Prop. 8 means another regressive response to the rising profile of the LGBT community has toppled."
"This is possible because of the hard work of the LGBT pioneers who came before us, but also because of an evolution in the way Americans think about equality. I am confident that if Prop. 8 were to go before voters today or next year, it would fail."
"This victory occurs at the same time, however, that the Supreme Court has repealed an important component of the Voting Rights Act, and failed to uphold a lower court's decision in support of affirmative action. There are still many states where marriage inequality is the law of the land. The shift in attitudes is in our favor, but there is always work to be done."