Congressman Charles B. Rangel issued the following statement after the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) -- which prohibited married same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits -- and upheld a lower court ruling on California's Proposition 8, allowing same-sex marriages to resume in the state:
"I am pleased that the Supreme Court struck down section 3 of the indefensible Defense of Marriage Act. This is another milestone in our nation's unbending arch towards justice and equality and ensures the Federal Government recognizes the rights of New Yorkers.
"With today's ruling the federal government can no longer discriminate against legally-married same-sex couples in the States that have recognized same sex marriage. This is a great start towards correcting a terrible injustice that has marred our country's character. Also by reaffirming the right of marriage equality for Californians, the Court has allowed California to join New York as well as 11 other states and the District of Columbia in recognizing the fundamental right to marry the person you love.
"I stand proudly with the LGBT community in celebration of this giant step forward. We should build upon this triumph and also work to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, address health disparities, LGBT youth homelessness, and secure our voting rights."