Press Release ● Human and Civil Rightsfacebooktwitterbirdemail
For Immediate Release: 
June 26, 2014
Contact Info: 

Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today marking the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision ruling Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional: 

“Today, as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriages, let us pay tribute to all those who have stood up, marched, and spoken out for LGBT equality and pride.  The movement for equality that gained momentum with the Stonewall Riots forty-five years ago this Saturday has changed our country and the world for the better, enabling more LGBT people to come out of the closet without fear – and, in many cases for LGBT youths today, growing up in a more supportive environment.   All Americans ought to be proud of this march toward full equality for LGBT Americans, the partnerships they form with those they love, and the families they raise together. 

“While this week marks a time of reflection on important, historic victories, the movement for LGBT equality continues, and much work remains.  In America, not all committed couples can marry or have their marriages recognized, and Congress has yet to ban discrimination in schools and in the workplace.  I am proud to have played a leading role in the fight to end the discriminatory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy and to have the Defense of Marriage Act overturned.  I am encouraged that the Obama Administration has recently taken a series of groundbreaking steps to expand federal benefits to same-sex spouses across the country, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to advance the cause of full equality for all Americans.”