Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
"One year ago today, the Supreme Court made the historic decision to uphold our values of equality and freedom for all Americans, no matter who you are or who you love," Esty said. "Last year's decision meant that thousands of gay and lesbian couples received federal recognition of their marriages and the federal benefits they deserve.
"But there is still work we must do to ensure true equality for all Americans. Too many states still do not recognize same-sex marriages, denying equal protection of the law and certain federal benefits to couples who legally married in other states. That's why I'm a coauthor of the SAME Act, which would ensure that all couples--regardless of who they love or where they live--receive the Social Security benefits they"ve earned after lifetimes of hard work. On this anniversary, I urge Congress to pass the SAME Act and help move our country another step forward towards true equality."
Yesterday, Esty joined advocates to urge Congress to pass the SAME Act (see video above). Eligibility for spousal benefits provided under the Social Security Act is determined by a place of residence, which means that legally married same-sex spouses living in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage have their Social Security benefits placed on hold.
Last year, Esty joined over 200 of her colleagues in Congress in signing an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court for the case, United States v. Windsor, urging the Court to rule DOMA unconstitutional.