Congressman José E. Serrano celebrated the Supreme Court's decision today to overturn section 3 of the federal "Defense of Marriage Act" which prohibited federal recognition of same sex marriage equality. The Court also ruled that people suing to end California's recognition of same sex marriage did not have standing, allowing that state to resume recognizing marriage equality.
"Here we have decisions that affirm that our gay and lesbian family and friends must have equal rights under the federal constitution," said Congressman Serrano. "The DOMA decision is momentous and pushes the civil rights movement forward in ways that were unimaginable just a few years ago. Now our fellow gay and lesbian citizens that have been legally married in states like New York must have their legal marriages recognized in all ways by the federal government.
"The Defense of Marriage Act was patently discriminatory when it was passed in the 1996. I am proud to say that I voted against it. Over the past 17 years, we have seen our country move quickly towards acceptance and tolerance for same sex marriage. Sadly, the courts and Congress have generally lagged behind, until today's decision.
"We have made enormous progress towards a goal of a society with equality and justice for all. By declining to rule on the California case, the nation's largest state will be able to resume same sex marriages. This is very important. I commend the Court for these wise decisions. I only wish that the Congress would have simply repealed DOMA itself sooner, rather than wait for the Supreme Court to do it."