LOS ANGELES – Calling it one of the most important civil rights battles of the 21st Century, City Attorney Mike Feuer announced today that he will file a brief on behalf of the City of Los Angeles urging the United States Supreme Court to make marriage equality the law of the land.
“Being able to marry whom you love is a fundamental civil right,” said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. “I will be filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the City in support of marriage equality. Los Angeles must be on the frontlines of this epic fight.”
The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will take up the question of whether the Constitution ensures that same-sex couples can marry, hearing all four cases from the Sixth Circuit.
"The Supreme Court now has the chance to finally move our nation past the divisive and discriminatory question about whether my marriage is any different than any other," said Councilmember Mike Bonin, who last summer became the first openly gay Councilmember in Los Angeles to marry while in office. "I'm thankful City Attorney Mike Feuer is weighing in and I stand with him and millions of others across America in hoping and praying the Court finally and firmly establishes that marriage equality is indeed the law of the land."
"I am among those who have advocated for marriage equality for many years, so I am very gladdened that on behalf of our City of Los Angeles, City Attorney Feuer will be submitting a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding this transcendent issue,” said Councilmember Paul Koretz. “It is one of the great civil rights and human rights causes of our time, with people increasingly realizing and rejoicing that there is no turning back on the right to marry. Our city, state and nation will be much better off when the law of the land is finally settled, conclusively, in favor of marriage equality and the granting, not the withholding, of all attendant rights."
"Marriage equality is a civil right that everyone should have,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. “Society has already moved beyond the barriers that prevent people from marrying who they love. Let's hope the Supreme Court makes that right available in every state across the land, and rules on the right side of history."