Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Rep. Engel was one of only 67 House Members to vote against the bill in 1996, and is one of only 28 remaining in the House of Representatives.
"In 1996, I voted against DOMA, and I was proud to do so. I am even more proud today that this mistake is finally gone. I have repeatedly cosponsored a repeal of DOMA, and I am pleased we no longer need to keep fighting for repeal. The federal government should not be in the business of discrimination and the suppression of benefits and rights. This is a great moment for equal protection under the law for all Americans regardless of sexual orientation. I am hopeful more states will follow New York's lead and pass laws allowing same-sex marriage. This moment is long overdue, but is extremely welcomed, particularly with this Supreme Court."