June 26, 2013
The Supreme Court just
released their 5-4 decision on U.S. v. Windsor, which ruled the Defense of
Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. I am proud to have voted against
DOMA when it was unfortunately enacted by Congress in 1996. Today�s
decision puts the court on the right side of history.
is unjust, un-American, and out of step with our country�s values.
Beginning today, same-sex couples in the 12 freedom to marry states will
be eligible for the federal protections and responsibilities afforded
all married couples.
House Republicans have wasted more
than $3 million defending this discriminatory law over the past three
years. Meanwhile budgets are being slashed by sequestration and many
federal workers face furloughs.
The Supreme Court also
released their 5-4 decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry, ruling that
supporters of Proposition 8 lacked standing to appeal a lower court decision
striking down the ban. As a result, marriage licenses for all
Californians will resume in the near future, a tremendous victory for
thousands of gay couples in California.
Our nation has a
long history of fighting to secure civil rights for all citizens. I hope
that today�s decisions provide momentum for efforts across the country
to enshrine marriage equality into our laws. Discrimination has no
place in our country.
The Declaration of Independence
affirms that �all men are created equal� and that every American has a
right to �the pursuit of happiness.� These principles cannot be fulfilled
without the ability to marry the person you love.