Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decisions today affecting marriage equality.
"This is a momentous and historic day for all Americans. Today, the Supreme Court has made decisions that strengthen families and that live up to our shared values of equality and freedom," Esty said. "DOMA denied gay and lesbian couples full equality under the law, and I applaud the Court for correcting this constitutional and moral injustice.
"This is personal for many American families, including my own. My brother had the courage to come out in 1979, when equality was still a distant dream. A few years ago, I was thrilled that my brother and his long-time partner were able to publicly commit themselves in marriage -- something they had been denied the right to do for many years. Although there is still much work to do in the cause of equality and strengthening all families, I join families across the country in celebrating today's ruling and looking forward towards a more inclusive, more equal future."
Esty joined over 200 of her colleagues in signing an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court for the case, U.S. v. Windsor, urging the Court to rule DOMA unconstitutional.