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Statement on Judge Tauro's Ruling Striking Down Part of the Defense of Marriage Act


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"I am thrilled by Judge Tauro's decision that declares part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. This is a tremendous victory for all who believe in equal rights and a dramatic confirmation of justice under law.

By ruling that DOMA violates the Fifth and Tenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, Judge Tauro affirmed states' rights of sovereignty and individual rights to due process. Put simply, his rulings confirm what we already know -- there is no legal basis for discrimination against same-sex couples.

The right of same-sex couples to marry with the same protections, benefits, and obligations as straight couples may, ultimately, be decided by the Supreme Court. The long march to full equality is not yet over, but now is a time to rejoice in this victory."

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