FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2013
Today, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in United States v Windsor, finding that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that are protected in the U.S. Constitution. The Court explained that the states have the responsibility of regulating and defining marriage, and some states have opted to allow same-sex couples to marry to give them the protection and dignity associated with marriage. By denying recognition to same-sex couples who are legally married, federal law discriminates against them to express disapproval of state-sanctioned same-sex marriage. This decision means that same-sex couples who are legally married must now be treated the same under federal law as married opposite-sex couples.
"This decision is a monumental step towards equality under the law. I am thrilled that lesbian and gay couples who are legally married will now have their marriages recognized by the Federal government. Unfortunately, here in Texas we have a lot of work to do for all people to have the freedom to marry," stated Senator Sylvia Garcia.
Hollingsworth v. Perry, the other case involving the challenge to Proposition 8 in California and same-sex marriage, was decided on technical grounds, with the majority saying that it was not properly before the court.