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Statement on Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Press Release

Location: Boulder, CO

ongressman Jared Polis (D-CO) released the following statement on the announcement that the Supreme Court will hear two cases related to same-sex marriage. Hollingsworth v. Perry challenges California's Proposition 8, which reversed a California Supreme Court decision allowing same same-sex marriages. United States v. Windsor involves the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as being between a man and a woman for the purpose of federal programs.

"Equality before the law is the foundation of any just society and the fundamental issue at hand in the Perry and Windsor cases. The Court can put to rest the notion that second-class citizenry is acceptable in America by striking down DOMA and ensuring that discrimination is removed from California's state constitution. That is the only just result of these two cases."

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