Today, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The ruling found that the law denying federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples is unconstitutional.
Duckworth released the following statement:
"Today's ruling is another important step to make sure that all Americans are treated equally. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was inherently unfair and this is a major step forward for our country. The LGBT community is entitled to the same rights afforded to everyone else and our nation will not reach its full potential until all Americans are given the opportunity to marry the individual they love.
"The Supreme Court and Congress need to grant all Americans - gay or straight - the ability to protect their partner. While I was recovering at Walter Reed after being shot down in Iraq, my husband Bryan was at my bedside every day. Not only was he offering love and support during such a difficult time, but he was also making critical decisions for me that improved my quality of life. Often, those decisions were contrary to what other family members would have decided, but as my life partner, my husband knew me better and made the correct choices for me when I could not. I support the freedom to marry because everyone deserves the same level of access, support and love.
"With this ruling, it is crucial that we recommit ourselves to providing equal access and opportunity to all Americans, whether it be in marriage, employment, or service in the military. I look forward to getting back to work in Congress, standing up for every American's ability to achieve the American Dream."