Congressman Jeff Landry (R, LA-03), an influential member of the pro-family Values Action Team, issued the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional:
"Once again, our religious freedom is under attack by an overreaching government. The liberal activist judges from the 1st Circuit are attempting to circumvent the will of the American people and redefine marriage. Today's ruling further highlights the need for Congress to pass my co-sponsored H.R. 875 -- the Marriage Protection Act of 2011 -- that will protect the rights of states to preserve their own local, family values."
The Court today cited DOMA, the law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, as discriminatory against married same-sex couples by denying federal benefits to them.