Today, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (CO-1) released the following statement in response to the United States Supreme Court's rulings today to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and to dismiss the appeal of California's Proposition 8, which will now allow marriage to resume in our nation's largest state. Earlier this year, Rep. DeGette, who is Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBT Caucus, signed an amicus brief on DOMA, urging the Court to overturn this discriminatory law.
"This is a momentous day for America and for the vision of "equality for all' to which we aspire. With the Supreme Court's decisions on DOMA and Proposition 8, millions of Americans in loving marriages, and their children, can now fully participate in the American family, finally enjoying the same rights and benefits as every family in this country. For too long, ideology and politics have stood in the way of equality for the LGBT community in our nation. But today we are reminded that progress is indeed unavoidable and justice will eventually triumph.
"There is still a long road ahead to achieve full equality for all Americans, but these historic decisions mark a milestone for all our LGBT brothers and sisters, and today we stand with them and their families in celebration and joy."