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Prop. 8: Assembly speaker says 'tide of history' will undo gay marriage ban

May 26, 2009 | 11:55 am

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass expressed regret over the California Supreme Court decision upholding the ban on gay marriage enacted by voters in November but predicted ultimate victory in the movement for marriage equality.

“Today is a setback for equality in California, but it will not be the end of the story.  ... The people of California and the tide of history are clearly moving toward equality.  While everyone who believes in equal treatment under the law is disappointed by the court’s decision today, we should all take pride in the fact that truth and time are on our side," Bass said.

Legislators, who have already twice approved bills aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage and largely backed the move to strike down Proposition 8, "will continue to promote equality for all Californians in any way that we can,” Bass said.

-- Carol J. Williams

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