The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments on marriage equality in two cases this week -- Hollingsworth v. Perry, a challenge to California's Proposition 8 that prohibits the recognition of same-sex marriage, and United States v. Windsor, a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The Co-Chairs of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus released the following statements on the cases.
"Same-sex couples continue to be denied the basic equal treatment under the law of having our relationships recognized," said Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2). "As the Supreme Court begins to argue the merits of DOMA and Proposition 8, I am joined by advocates and families throughout the country who are anxious for the court to take action and put an end to the second-class treatment of LGBT families."
"As the Supreme Court prepares to hear these two landmark cases, I join marriage equality advocates in the hope that the Court's decision will mark a significant step towards ending discrimination against the LGBT community," said Rep. David Cicilline (RI-1). "I look forward to continuing our work to ensure that all Americans are treated equally under the law and discrimination no longer exists against any person based on their sexual orientation or gender identity."
"DOMA and Prop 8 are discriminatory laws that impact millions of American families," said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18). "In the upcoming months, I hope to be able to sit down with my three beautiful children and tell them that their family now has the same basic rights as every American family."
"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 Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-2). "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."
"All families look to America's guarantee of safety, security and opportunity to prepare their children for the future," said Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9). "I am optimistic that the Court will confirm what a majority of Americans already believe, and what our Constitution promises -- that all families deserve these basic guarantees."
"This week, the Supreme Court will be hearing arguments regarding Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act," said Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41) "For years, these discriminatory laws have relegated LGBT families to second-class citizens by denying them equal protection under the law. My hope is that the Supreme Court will agree with the lower courts, and deem these laws unconstitutional."
The mission of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The bi-partisan LGBT Equality Caucus is strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world. By serving as a resource for Members of Congress, their staff, and the public on LGBT issues, the Caucus works toward the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and wellbeing for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.