Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-21), a member of the House Judiciary Committee and a cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, released this statement in reaction to the Supreme Court decision striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act:
"Today's Supreme Court decision represents an enormous step forward in the advancement of equal rights for all Americans. Like so many Americans around the country, I was so pleased to see that today's decision brings us ever closer to full marriage equality. From this day forward, the discrimination codified by the Defense of Marriage Act will no longer deny hundreds of federal rights and protections to same-sex couples legally married in the United States.
"As we applaud this historic victory for civil rights, we must also remember that the struggle for marriage equality continues. Thousands of couples across this country -- including in Florida -- remain denied the right to marry. We must continue our efforts to ensure that all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, receive equal protection under the law."