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Statement on the Supreme Court's Decision on the Defense of Marriage Act


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement on the Supreme Court's Decision on the Defense of Marriage Act:

"I am overjoyed that today the Supreme Court found the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.

"The majority held that Section 3 of DOMA deprived same-sex couples of equal protection under the law. This decision makes clear that same-sex couples can no longer be denied the over 1,000 federal rights and benefits that traditionally married couples enjoy.

"This decision is an enormous victory for civil rights advocates, the LGBT community, and our country as a whole. While this is a major step in the right direction, we must continue to fight every day to make sure that the fight for equal treatment continues. As of today, twelve states and the District of Columbia have passed marriage equality, and we must continue to fight for these principles everywhere else. I hope that my colleagues in the Illinois legislature continue to work towards the passage of marriage equality.

"This is an extraordinary moment in our country's history. I applaud the LGBT community, the activists, groups, and everyday citizens who kept fighting and never gave up. For those who spent millions of dollars fighting against equality, I'd like to remind you: it's expensive to fight history."

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