In his LGBT Pride Month proclamation issued Friday (May 31), California Governor Jerry Brown invoked the two same-sex marriage cases that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce its decisions on in June, which is the month typically designated to honor the LGBT community.
Hollingsworth v. Perry, which seeks to overturn the state’s Proposition 8 same-sex marriage ban, and United States v. Windsor, an attempt to undo a section of the federal anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, are “two important cases concerning the marriage rights of same-sex couples,” Brown said. “The high court’s consideration of these matters represents both the progress our society has made in extending the full rights of citizenship to LGBT people and the barriers that still remain to achieving full equality. As we await the outcomes, we should contemplate the importance of treating all people fairly and equally, so that all may live with dignity and pride.”
Brown himself was slow to publicly endorse same-sex marriage, but has become more supportive. He refused to defend Prop 8 in court at the state level.
In other Pride news, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s office announced Friday that the gay rainbow flag will be raised Tuesday, June 18 at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. An invitation-only ceremony in Lee’s office is set to begin at 11 a.m.
The Bob Ross Foundation and Taste Catering and Event Planning are providing support for the ceremony and luncheon. The foundation owns the Bay Area Reporter, but they are two separate legal entities.
San Francisco’s LGBT Pride Parade and celebration is set for June 29-30.