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Statement on Obama Administration Decision to No Longer Defend DOMA

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Location: Washington, DC

In response to President Obama's instruction to the Department of Justice not to defend the statues of the Defense of Marriage Act in federal courts, U.S. Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement:
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"While the fight for marriage equality is far from over, President Obama's decision to no longer defend the constitutionality of DOMA in federal courts is a major civil rights victory for the LGBT community.
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"Throughout my career in public service, I have consistently fought for achieving equality for all citizens because I believe that every American deserves the same freedoms and protections under the law.‪

"Discrimination of any kind against a person simply based of their sexual orientation is wrong and it should be prohibited by law. That's why I commend the President for his historic decision in refusing to fight to uphold this discriminatory law. "


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