"In its decision to rule DOMA unconstitutional, the Supreme Court recognized what New Yorkers already know: that a family is a family and, regardless of the gender of its spouses, it deserves equal protection under the law. This decision rightly acknowledges that all couples who are legally married deserve the same federal recognitions and rights.
"Our nation was founded on the basic values of freedom and equality and we must stand by these core principles. Today marks an important step forward in the fight for marriage equality. I look forward to legislatively repealing DOMA in its entirety as a cosponsor, along with 100 of my colleagues in Congress, of Congressman Jerry Nadler's Respect for Marriage Act.
"And while I would have preferred the Court to overturn California's Proposition 8, by declining to decide the case the Court allows same-sex marriages to resume in California. The effect will be to secure marriage equality in the most populous state in our union. I am proud that New York is one of 12 -- now 13 -- states with marriage equality and look forward to the day when Americans in all 50 states have the right to marry the individual they love, regardless of gender."