San Mateo County Democratic Party Newsletter
Happy JULY 2015 San Mateo County Democrats!
Friends and Democrats;
JUNE 2015 will go down in history for the reinforcement of DEMOCRATIC VALUES by our nation AND our state!
First, with the decision by SCOTUS on June 25th in KING V. BURWELL by 6-3 to forever put to rest the debate on the Affordable Care Act. It is and will forever be the law of the land despite some Republican's promises to still try and derail it, calling it an "illegal action".
Health Care for ALL is a DEMOCRATIC VALUE.
Second, on the 26th, they ruled by a 5-4 margin in favor of Marriage Equality in OBERGEFELL V. HODGES. Same Sex Marriage is now legal in the remaining 13 states of our country. The United States now becomes the 21 nation in the world to have full marriage equality for all it's citizens. As I write this letter, they are now issuing licenses to same sex couples in Kentucky! A truly landmark day, especially in the South and Midwest.
Our own Democratic Party Chairman John Burton had this to say:
The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges to overturn state laws banning same-sex couples from marrying is a victory for the American ideal of equality. The recognition of loving families that started in California and Massachusetts has now swept the nation.
When I introduced Assembly Bill 167 in 1991 to change California law to permit same-sex marriage, a conservative commentator called it the “battle of the century.” This battle is now over, but it won’t end Republican-led attacks on gay Americans, and California Democrats won’t stop fighting discrimination against gay and lesbian families and students.
Our State Representatives continue to lead the way in forward thinking legislation. Our own State Leaders, Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblyman Phil Ting, Kevin Mullin and Rich Gordon are making us proud every day in Sacramento.
The fight for our DEMOCRATIC VALUES has only just begun. There are many fronts for us to consider now as we look to 2016 and the candidates that will represent our party.
- Women's Rights and Equality and complete access to reproductive services and health care
- Safety for our Children in the education system, be it bullying or vaccinations
- A fully inclusive Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) to include Transgender Rights
- Compassion in the End Of Life for all
- Immigration Reform
- Strengthening of Gun Regulations
- Environment and Renewable Energy
- and finally, federal VOTING RIGHTS reform
These ALL are DEMOCRATIC VALUES!
We must use 2015 to build momentum for the coming 2016 election cycle, by building our base of voluteers and participants in all things Democratic in San Mateo County. Talk with your friends, neighbors and family about the SAN MATEO COUNTY DEMOCRATS. Get them to a meeting or event or even have them join one of our Democratic Clubs.