Rep. Maloney Hails California Court Ruling Supporting Marriage Equality

Aug 5, 2010
Press Release
NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan & Queens) applauded yesterday’s federal district court ruling that California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages from being recognized in the nation’s most populous state, is unconstitutional. She issued the following statement:
“Yesterday’s decision on the unconstitutionality of denying gay and lesbian couples equal access to the institution of marriage is a ringing endorsement of the precept that all Americans enjoy equal protection under the law. The decision re-affirmed that government has no legitimate interest in preventing same-sex couples from uniting in matrimony, and that targeting any group or subset of Americans for discrimination is unconstitutional. “I join with civil rights advocates around the nation in hailing this important victory. Coming on the heels of the Obama administration’s historic step to allow gay and lesbian workers to take family and medical leave to care for their partners or for sick or newborn children, today’s ruling signals more progress toward equality for same-sex couples. As the author of the first legislation in New York history to grant legal recognition to same-sex couples and as the the chief sponsor of the Family & Medical Leave Inclusion Act, I am heartened by the important progress bringing America ever closer to the ideal of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

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