Today Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's rulings on Proposition 8 and Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act:
"Today's landmark Supreme Court decisions are monumental victories for our community and our country, moving us one step closer to realizing our nation's foundational belief that all people are created equal. I have always said that I oppose all forms of discrimination, and I believe that everyone should be able to marry who they love. I am thrilled that so many people in loving, committed relationships in our communities in the 36th District and across California will now have the recognition they deserve. There should be no second class citizens in the greatest country in the world."
Dr. Ruiz opposed defining marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman. In March 2013, Dr. Ruiz signed onto an Amicus Brief opposing the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage for purposes of federal law as "only a legal union between one man and one woman."
Dr. Ruiz is a member of the LGBT Caucus. The Caucus works toward the extension of equal rights, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and well-being for all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.