Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24) applauded the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and to allow a lower court's ruling, enabling the resumption of same-sex marriages in California, to stand. Congresswoman Wilson issued the following statement:
"Today's rulings represent a victory for liberty, equality, and family. These decisions bring our nation one step closer to realizing the promise inherent in our Constitution.
"As a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, I feel a personal connection to today's ruling. LGBT rights are civil rights.
"In California, thousands of same-sex couples and their children will now enjoy the recognition and legal protection they so richly deserve. In states throughout the nation, gay and lesbian couples will finally enjoy the federal rights and benefits to which they are entitled. This is a great day for our democracy.
"But the fight for equality for LGBT Americans continues. A majority of states, including my home state of Florida, do not recognize the fundamental rights of same-sex couples. In solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, I stand ready to continue the fight for fairness. It's time for all states as well as the federal government to clearly and unequivocally guarantee the equal rights of every person under the law."
Congresswoman Wilson is available for comment.