Washington, D.C. - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Proposition 8 - the California measure banning same-sex marriage - is unconstitutional:
“Today's decision is a victory for civil rights and for progress for the LGBT community and for all Californians.
“By declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional, the Ninth Circuit made a strong statement that laws must not target the LGBT community for discrimination and all of our state's families deserve to enjoy fair and equal treatment under the law.
“As this battle moves through the appeals process, we must, and will, continue the fight for the fundamental rights of LGBT couples and every American. We will keep up the charge for change and equality in state legislatures and in the courts, and work in Congress to repeal and overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Together, we will make every discriminatory marriage amendment and law a thing of the past.”