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Delmarva Representatives Sound Off On Supreme Court Ruling

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WMDT 47 NEWS - The Supreme Court has ruled, and the Defense of Marriage Act has been stuck down. Representatives from around Delmarva are voicing their opinions on the ruling.

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley says "Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional as applied to states that recognize equal marriage rights. This ruling is a powerful step forward for those who live in states like Maryland. But the Court's decisions make clear that there is still more work to do as a nation to achieve greater respect for the equal rights and human dignity of all. As Marylanders, and as Americans, we ultimately all want the same thing for our children: to live in a loving, stable, committed home protected equally under the law."

Senator Ben Cardin says "Loving families across our great nation have been made whole today, as the Supreme Court upheld the core principle that all persons must be treated equally under the law. By striking down as unconstitutional the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that limited federal marriage benefits to opposite sex couples, the Supreme Court has affirmed that there is no place for discrimination in America based on sexual orientation. Government should not interfere in the ability of men and women to marry the person they love, and they should be entitled to the same benefits as heterosexual couples, including tax benefits, rights of inheritance, health insurance, and legal marriage. The Federal Government - especially Congress and the executive branch - should act quickly to comply with and fully implement this Supreme Court ruling, following the lead of a growing number of states including Maryland that give full recognition and equality to legal marriages of same-sex couples."

Delaware's Governor Jack Markell says "Today's Supreme Court rulings represent a victory for civil rights and another landmark moment in our country's never-ending quest to be a more perfect union. The decisions affirm that we can only live up to the values of freedom and justice for all when everyone is treated equally under our laws. I'm proud that we have celebrated this principle in our state with the passage of marriage equality. And I am proud that Delaware stood among the 11 other states whose marriage equality laws were expressly cited by today's Supreme Court opinion. Same sex couples who make lifetime commitments to each other in Delaware starting Monday can now look forward to having their vows recognized by their nation."

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden says "It is about time. Loving, committed same-sex couples have waited too long to have their unions recognized by their country. All Delawareans will soon enjoy the freedom to marry the person they love, but until today's ruling, those Delaware marriages would not have been equal under federal law. Now those marriages will be recognized by the federal government. Denying recognition to loving couples who happen to be of the same sex is discriminatory, wrong and unconstitutional. Today's ruling is a major step forward for that basic principle on which our nation was founded: equality for all."

Senator Chris Coons says "It just got better. This is an historic moment in the civil rights movement, and I am truly happy for what it means for friends and Delawareans like Lisa and Drew, Charles and Stephen, and Michael and Mac."

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