Mark Udall, who led the push to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," renewed his call on the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down California's Proposition 8 and the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, which the court is hearing oral arguments on this week.
"All couples, regardless of their sexual orientation, should be able to affirm their commitment to each other under the law," Udall said. "I strongly urge the justices to look around their communities and to recognize that our nation is stronger when we promote the commitment and shared responsibility that comes with marriage. Our Constitution demands nothing less."
Udall has been a vocal advocate of striking down discriminatory and misguided laws against committed, married gay couples on both the state and federal level, including California's Proposition 8. Earlier this month, Udall signed onto a legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court calling the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional and a denial of equal protection. Udall, who serves on the U.S. Senate Armed Service Committee, has welcomed recent developments where the federal government and military branches have extended some benefits to same-sex couples.