All Americans Now Enjoy the Right to Marry


Date: June 26, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) responds following today's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8:

"America is better and stronger when it upholds the fundamental promise on which it was built: that all are created equal. Today's Supreme Court rulings striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and rendering Proposition 8 unconstitutional, brings members of the LGBT community closer to realizing the fulfillment of that promise. Millions of Americans will now be able to fully enjoy the freedom to love and marry the person of their choice. Families will be strengthened because children of same-sex couples will now be able to enjoy the same privileges and benefits that children of hetero-sexual couples enjoy.

"But, for the tens of thousands of couples who live in States where their marriages are not recognized, there is still work to do. We must continue to push for equality for all people and ensure that we protect the values inherent in the American way of life."