Bera, Cooper back Supreme Court’s marriage ruling
Officials who represent Elk Grove in the State Assembly and Congress said they support a U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled that same-sex couples could marry nationwide.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority in the divided court’s 5-4 ruling on June 26.
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family,” he wrote. “In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were.”
U.S. Rep. Dr. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove) walked from his Congressional office to the Supreme Court to mark the occasion.
“What a great day for the country,” Bera said during a 13-second video shot outside of the courthouse building. “The Supreme Court got this one right.”
He added, “Every American should have the benefit to marry whoever they want. That is truly justice.”
Kennedy cited principles and traditions that demonstrate “the reasons marriage is fundamental under the Constitution apply with equal force to same-sex couples.”
He noted the right to personal choice regarding marriage and that marriage is a “keystone” of the social order in this country.
“The right to marry is fundamental because it supports a two-person union unlike any other in its importance to the committed individuals,” Kennedy wrote. “It safeguards children and families, and thus draws means from related rights of childrearing, procreation, and education.”
State Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) called June 26 “momentous” for the country. He mentioned the 1960s Civil Rights movement.
“Just two months ago, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the historic day when hundreds of courageous foot soldiers marched from Selma to Montgomery in peaceful protest of the denial of African-Americans’ right to vote,” Cooper said in a press statement. “Today will go down in history as the day that love and equality won.”
He added, “I am overjoyed by how far our nation has come. Today, I applaud the Supreme Court for standing for justice and the rights of all Americans.”
The ruling capped a busy week for justices, who on June 25 voted 6-3 that the Affordable Care Act authorized federal tax credits for all eligible Americans.
California has its own health insurance exchange and gives subsidies to residents to ensure they could receive affordable insurance.
Had the justices ruled the other way, about 6.4 million Americans who receive their health insurance through the federal exchange would have stopped receiving their subsidies.
“Glad (the court) did right by protecting health care for millions of Americans,” Bera wrote on Twitter on June 25. “But work on health is far from over.”