Congressman John Tierney released the following statement today after the Supreme Court declared section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and allowed same-sex marriages in the state of California to resume due to a procedural ruling that deferred to the lower court's decision.
"Today, the Supreme Court took an enormous step in the direction of equality by striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). By declaring DOMA unconstitutional, the Court has ensured that married couples previously denied over one thousand rights and privileges are fully recognized by their federal government. Because of this historic decision, married gay and lesbian couples and their children will finally receive the legal protections they deserve. Today's DOMA decision marks a momentous moment for civil rights, and our nation," Congressman Tierney said.
"Further I am pleased that same-sex marriages will again be recognized in the state of California, returning the rights and privileges that so many families had lost. As families across Massachusetts know, marriage equality makes us stronger. The momentum to provide equality for LGBT Americans from coast to coast will only grow from here," Tierney concluded.