STATEMENT: CAP’s Stachelberg on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Washington, D.C. — In response to this week’s oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President for External Affairs at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement:

The writing is on the wall when it comes to marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. The shift in public opinion toward supporting the freedom to marry was even more obvious over the past two days due to the groundswell of support, not only in front of the Supreme Court building but also in cities across the nation, as well as in the online community. One of the greatest promises of our Constitution is equality under the law. Equal protection under the U.S. Constitution requires equal treatment of all Americans, and that includes equal treatment for loving and committed same-sex couples.

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