Congresswoman Barbara Lee Hails Supreme Court Decisions on Marriage Equality

Jun 26, 2013 Issues: LGBT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2013
Contact: Carrie Adams (202) 225-2661

Washington, D.C.— Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a founding member and vice chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, released the following statement today as the Supreme Court handed down their rulings in the case of  United States v. Windsor, a challenge to the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and Hollingsworth v. Perry, a challenge to California’s Proposition 8:

“This is an amazing day for marriage equality and for love. The Supreme Court’s decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act is long overdue, and I could not be more excited. With this decision, the Court brought our nation one step closer to realizing our Constitution’s promise of equality for all Americans.

“As a Californian, I’m proud to welcome marriage equality back to our great state! This ruling on Proposition 8 gives certainty to Californians all across the state who can now get married and know that they are protected and recognized. This is a great step forward for equal justice under the law.”

“As a founding member and vice chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, I know that these decisions create a fairer and better nation.  I know that we are stronger when all families are respected and supported. By these decisions, the Court has ensured that gay and lesbian married couples are fully and wholly recognized by their federal government, that they and their children are fully respected and embraced.

“However, there are still places in this country where discrimination stands, where hatred breeds fear, and we must make certain that everyone across America has these protections, and I will continue the fight for marriage equality.”

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Congresswoman Lee is a founding member and vice chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. She is proud to stand with the caucus and ensure that every American is treated equally under the law, no matter their race, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.