Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) spoke on the Supreme Court's decision to rule the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and strike down Proposition 8.
"A short while ago I called my partner, Randy, of 21 years to tell him about the decision and to congratulate him. I really couldn't get the words out.
"I realized in that moment that it was the first time in 21 years, 20 of those years spent raising our three amazing children, that I wasn't talking to him as someone who was seen as less than in the eyes of my own country's laws.
"And what this decision means is that for families like mine, when I get up and get the kids ready for school, make them breakfast and make sure the left shoe is on the left foot and pick them up at soccer practice and all the things we do every day - it means they don't have to grow up in a country thinking that our family is less than somebody else's and that's a good thing.
"So I want to congratulate the Court and I want to congratulate the people who fought so hard to get us to this point because -- because on June 12, 1954, the Court said that it was wrong to segregate us in education and on May 17, 1967, the Court said that people who are brave enough to love across the barrier, the legal barrier of anti-racial marriage laws, their love matters too.
"June 26, 2013, will be a date that we made more whole the promise of America and the idea -- the beautiful idea that this is as old as scripture and as fundamental as our founding documents as that we saw for the first time today and that it makes us even more American is why I love this country. It's why I'm proud to serve here with my colleagues here in the Congress. Congratulations to everyone."