Gov. Shumlin issued the following statement:
"Today's DOMA decision is a critical step toward equality for all families. Married same-sex couples in a dozen states nationwide now cannot be deprived by the federal government of the rights and benefits they deserve. This is an historic decision. In Vermont, we have known for a long time that all of us, regardless of whether we are straight or gay, deserve the same right to marry the person we love. I will always remember with immense pride the day we made Vermont the first state to enact same-sex marriage through legislation. It was a hard fight, but it was the right fight. While it helped pave the way for the Court's DOMA decision today, it is clear we have more to do to ensure equality for all across America. This is a matter of human rights, of true dignity and respect for all."