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SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Obergefell v. Hodges:

“This is a very emotional day. We feel relief, of course, that the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the fundamental right of same-sex couples to legally commit their lives to each other. We feel admiration for the couples and the advocates who have fought for marriage equality through election after election and court after court, never giving up. And we feel pride in a movement that has helped inform public opinion and bring about justice in what, historically, is a relatively swift period of time. But most of all, we feel joy for every couple in every state who now have the opportunity to share their lives with the respect, dignity and legal protections that marriage brings.”

Below are audio links of Speaker Atkins’ comments about the marriage ruling:

Speaker Atkins reacts to today’s marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. (1:03)

Speaker Atkins says has a personal understanding of what today’s ruling means to same sex couples. (:48)

Speaker Atkins says she will celebrate the ruling with friends, family and supporters in San Diego this evening. (1:38)

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