Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after President Barack Obama endorsed gay marriage:
"Today, President Obama announced that he would support marriage equality for all Americans. The President's strong statement is something that I am proud to support, and an issue of great significance to the country. Marriage equality extends one of our most basic rights of citizenship to all Americans -- that is, the right to marry the person you love.
"It's my sincere hope that marriage equality will soon become the law of the land, and as the President indicated, we can learn a lot from the changing views of the younger generation.
"Members of the LGBT community serve in our armed forces, and contribute to the strength of our nation and community in every field of endeavor. They should have the right to marry, and enjoy all the benefits and responsibilities of citizenship without discrimination."
Schiff was an original co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would require recognition of any marriage performed in any state under federal law, including that of LGBT Americans. He supports full equality for all LGBT Americans to enjoy all the rights and privileges of our nation.