Today, Rep. Laura Richardson released the following statement in response President Obama's decision not to further defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which places prohibition on same-sex marriage:
"I am encouraged by Attorney General Eric Holder's letter to Congressional leaders today announcing that the Administration will not seek to defend challenges to the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The Administration came to its findings based on sound legal analysis and I am in full agreement with the decision that was rendered.
"With its announcement today, the Administration has taken important steps toward ensuring that all Americans are afforded equal rights under the U.S. Constitution regardless of sexual orientation. As a result of this important shift in the White House's position on DOMA, the U.S. government will not defend parts of the law currently being addressed in lawsuits claiming DOMA as discriminatory. I applaud the president's decision to no longer defend the discriminatory statutes laid out in DOMA and I remain committed to work toward upholding national standards of equality for all Americans."