U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), a co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, today issued the following statement on the landmark marriage equality cases in front of the Supreme Court this week.
In Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Supreme Court will hear challenges to Proposition 8, which amended the California state constitution to prohibit gay marriage. In United States v. Windsor, the justices will hear arguments on the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages that are legally performed in states. Earlier this month, Pocan was one of 17 lead signatories on an amicus brief from 212 Members of Congress arguing the unconstitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
"The Supreme Court has an unparalleled opportunity in the coming days and weeks to move our country closer to our founding ideals of equality for all," said Pocan. "As the Supreme Court hears challenges to Proposition 8 in California and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, I am hopeful the court will reflect the rising momentum of support for marriage equality and vote to strike down these discriminatory laws that treat LGBT couples as second-class citizens. It has become increasingly evident that supporters of marriage equality have the country and the Constitution on our side."
A tireless advocate for the rights of the LGBT community, Pocan has been married to his husband Phil since 2006.