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Hall Statement on Supreme Court's DOMA Rulings


Location: Washington, DC

Today the Supreme Court ruled on two cases related to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). In the first ruling, on United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court struck down by a vote of 5-4 the federal provision under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denied federal benefits to same-sex couples in states where same-sex marriage is legal. This was a win for same-sex marriage.

In the second ruling, on Hollingsworth v. Perry that challenged California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, the Court determined by a vote of 5-4 that the defenders of Proposition 8 did not have the legal standing to do so. Consequently, same-sex marriages in California are allowed to continue.

Following the Supreme Court's rulings in favor of same-sex marriage, Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) released the following statement:

"I am very disappointed by the Supreme Court's rulings that impact the traditional institution of marriage. However, given the President's two appointees to the Court in his first term, I am not surprised that the Court issued a liberal interpretation on current law.

"Congress passed and President Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, and the Court's decision strikes down a provision in a law that is still important to a majority of Americans -- and especially to those in my district. This is a blow to traditional family values and another reason that we need a President who will stand up for those values."

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