U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today issued the following statement after the Supreme Court announced its decisions regarding the validity of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8:
"I am heartened by the Supreme Court's decisions today regarding marriage equality and the access of same-sex couples to federal benefits. They represent a meaningful shift toward eliminating discrimination against gays and lesbians, but there is more work to be done. We must move forward together with a spirit of tolerance to ensure all Americans have the rights they deserve."