U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), an original co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act in the Senate and a leading champion of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" repeal, released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a pair of cases challenging both California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act:
"Today's decision to hear these two cases on same-sex marriage in the nation's highest court is truly historic. Already, first and second circuit federal appeals courts have deemed DOMA unconstitutional, and I am pleased the Supreme Court will soon have its voice heard on this important issue. Regardless of the Court's ultimate decision, Congress will need to do its job too. It is well past time for the federal government to recognize the marriages of all loving and committed couples and finally put the discriminatory DOMA policy into the dustbin of history."