The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, Bishop Diocesan
Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
Statement, May 26, 2009
I feel blessed that the California Supreme Court has upheld the marriages of gay and lesbian couples that occurred in our state last year. Although short-lived, it is marriage equality for some of the gay community in California, and I will work to have these rights returned for all gay and lesbian people.
Sadly enough, a small majority - 52 percent of voters - was able to alter the constitution of the great state of California.
It is saddening for me that we will have to mount another battle to join states in New England and the state of Iowa to open doors of equality to gay and lesbian people again in California.
The initiative process wrests away from the legislature and the courts the ability to legislate and affirm justice.
As human beings, all are to be given equality under the law. This referendum has proven that there is a flaw in the law that allows us to inhibit the rights of gay people under the constitution of the state of California.
Within the Episcopal Church, to quote one of our great former Presiding Bishops, Edmond L. Browning, "there will be no outcasts in this church."
+ J. Jon Bruno
Bishop of Los Angeles