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Gwen Moore Statement on Beginning of Oral Arguments for Landmark Marriage Equality Cases


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) released the following statement as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the case of United States v. Windsor, a challenge to the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and Hollingsworth v. Perry, a challenge to California's Proposition 8:

"Over the coming days and weeks, the members of our Supreme Court have an awesome opportunity to carry out the will of the people and faithfully interpret our Constitution. Public opinion on gay marriage continues to shift with a record 58 percent of Americans believing gay marriage should be legal.

"As we continue to work towards a more perfect union, we must insure that our union includes all people, no matter their gender, race, ethnicity -- or as in these cases -- sexual orientation. It is my sincere hope that the Supreme Court comes to see throughout these arguments the unconstitutionality of both California's Prop. 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act and rule in favor of inclusion and not exclusion.

"Therefore I urge the Supreme Court to "do the right thing' and strike down these discriminatory laws."

Earlier this month, Rep. Moore signed onto an amicus brief along with 212 Members of Congress arguing the unconstitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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