Equality marches forward

Congressman Jim Moran
2013-06-26 13:40:39
Congressman Jim Moran, Representing the 8th District of Virginia Dear Unity, 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. DOMA 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. Sincerely, James P. Moran �
June 26, 2013

Dear Unity,

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.

DOMA 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.

Sincerely,


James P. Moran

 

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