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Pelosi Statement on Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages for Federal Tax Purposes

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that legally married same-sex couples would now be recognized as all married couples for federal tax purposes after the Supreme Court’s decision overturning the Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):

“Once again, the Obama Administration has taken the lead in reaffirming the fundamental principle inscribed into the walls of the Supreme Court: ‘equal justice under law.’  With this swift action, the federal government moves one step closer to ending discrimination against LGBT Americans and securing equal protection for all families.

“Even with today’s progress, the struggle for equality continues and the fight for fairness marches on.  The Supreme Court placed itself on the right side of history by discarding Section 3 of the defenseless Defense of Marriage Act earlier this year; moving forward, we must not rest until justice is done for every American, no matter who they love.”