Pelosi Statement on Administration Extending More Marriage Benefits to Same Sex Couples

Jun 20, 2014
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement regarding the Department of Justice’s report on implementation of the United States v. Windsor Supreme Court decision striking down section three of the Defense of Marriage Act:

“Ever since the Supreme Court struck down the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act last year, the Administration has worked tirelessly to implement that landmark decision in a way that extends the full range of marriage benefits to same-sex couples across the country.  Today’s actions take us ever closer to the day when all American families enjoy full and equal justice under law.

“We must continue to take steps forward.  Too many states still refuse to recognize the commitment of same-sex families.  Despite the dedication of the Administration, several key benefits most Americans take for granted still exclude married same-sex couples.

“Fairness for same-sex families should not have to wait for the courts – it is time for Congress to pass the Respect For Marriage Act and make marriage equality the law of the land.”

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