In response to the U.S. Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) released the following statement in support of its ruling:
"I am proud that the Supreme Court called DOMA what it is--unconstitutional. All loving couples should have the opportunity to make a life-long, loving commitment called "marriage'. This is a landmark day for equality, and I'm personally committed to continuing to fight for equality in Washington and at home, and I hope I will soon be able to proudly cast my vote in support of full marriage equality.
A vocal and active supporter of LGBT equality, Schneider has cosponsored the Safe Schools Improvement Act, the Student Non-Discrimination Act and the Respect for Marriage Act--all of which aim to include LGBT Americans under the umbrella of protections enjoyed by the vast majority of the public. He also joined his colleagues in sending an amicus brief to the Supreme Court urging it to overturn DOMA, and a letter to the Illinois General Assembly in support of the state's marriage equality bill.