Wednesday, June 26, 2013

McAuliffe and Democrats hail SCOTUS decision on DOMA

Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAuliffe

Democrats laud U.S. Supreme courts striking down the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) – statements:

Virginia Democratic candidate for governor, Terry McAuliffe: “I applaud the Supreme Court for their decision today because everyone should be treated equally.  While I support marriage equality, I understand that this is an issue that Virginians of goodwill come down on both sides of.   This decision moves our nation in the right direction, but there is more to be done to ensure we have equality for all.”

“My opponent has spent his career putting up walls around Virginia and telling gay Virginians that they’re not welcome.   He even went so far as to order public colleges and universities to remove protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation for faculty and students.  We must make Virginia the best place in the world to live, work, and raise a family, and there is no place in our future for intolerance or discriminatory rhetoric.”

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine: “Today’s Supreme Court decisions are an enormous victory for thousands of committed couples and their families across the country and a major step toward marriage equality. In ruling the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, the Court has affirmed the principle that every legally married couple has the same right to equal benefits and responsibilities. I stand with same-sex couples and their loved ones in applauding the decision to affirm the equal treatment of all married couples under the law.”

Va. Sen. Mark Herring candidate for attorney general: “This is a historic day and I am pleased by the Supreme Court’s ruling. Today’s decision moves us closer to a more equal and inclusive society. All Americans deserve equal protection under the law, regardless of their race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.”

“I’m pleased with today’s decision,” said DPVA Chair Delegate Charniele Herring. “DOMA was truly an unjust law that contradicted the American belief that all people are created equal.

“I am hopeful that the Court’s decision will continue the great progress we’ve made toward fairness and that we continue to expand equal rights and opportunities for all Americans.” 


Posted By Valerie Garner

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