Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional by violating an individual's due process and equal protection rights. The Court's decision to vacate the Ninth Circuit's ruling on Proposition 8, while not a definitive outcome, will still allow same-sex marriage to continue in the State of California. Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement:
"Today is a pivotal day in the fight for equality for the LGBT community. In striking down DOMA, the Supreme Court ensured that individuals will no longer face discrimination under federal laws based on whom they marry.
"Though I would have preferred to see Proposition 8 ruled unconstitutional as well, the fact is same-sex couples are free to marry their loved ones in California, and ultimately that is what is most important.
"While this is a great first step, the decisions only apply to those lucky enough to be in states that currently allow for same-sex marriages. It is clear that to truly create equality for all Americans under the law, gay and lesbian couples must be free to marry, regardless of where they live."