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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Larson on SCOTUS Ruling to Strike Down DOMA, Decision on Prop 8

June 26, 2013
Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and decision on California's Proposition 8:

"The Supreme Court made the right decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and advanced the cause of marriage equality by reestablishing the right of same-sex marriage in California. For too long DOMA denied married couples living in Connecticut and nationwide the federal benefits they have earned for themselves and their families. I commend the work of those in the First District and around the country who continue to fight for the rights of all Americans and know that every day we strengthen equality for all, we become stronger as a nation."

In a 5-4 vote, the Court found DOMA, which previously banned federal benefits for same-sex married couples unconstitutional and declined to rule on Proposition 8, allowing a district court ruling to strike down California's ban on same-sex marriage to stand.