Washington, D.C. - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after President Obama ordered the Department of Justice to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act in federal courts:
“The Obama Administration's decision is a victory for civil rights, fairness, and equality for the LGBT community and all Americans.
“Since its inception, the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act has long been viewed as a violation of the equal protection clause of the Constitution. Today, the President made clear that he agrees - and I commend him for taking this bold step forward to ensure the federal government is no longer in the business of defending an indefensible statute.
“The fight for marriage equality is far from over, and we will continue to work towards the day when all American families are treated with respect and viewed equally in the eyes of the law.”