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STATEMENT: Winnie Stachelberg on the Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling

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Contact: Anne Shoup
Phone: 202.481.7146

Washington, D.C. — Today Center for American Progress Executive Vice President for External Affairs Winnie Stachelberg issued the following statement reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, United States v. Windsor:

Today the Supreme Court delivered two rulings for the history books. The Court ruled that discrimination against legally married same-sex couples violates the Constitution’s promise of equal treatment under the law. Following this ruling, all legally married couples, including same-sex couples, should be treated as married by the government in more than 1,000 federal benefits and protections—from Social Security to health insurance and even family-based immigration. And these couples should be treated equally no matter where they live. LGBT Americans won big today; however, it’s unfortunate that today’s victory came following other recent rulings striking at the heart of many Americans’ equality before the law. History will not look kindly upon many of the Roberts Court’s other rulings this term.

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