Washington, D.C.—Representative Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) released the following statement today after the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, and issued a procedural ruling in the Proposition 8 case that allows a lower court decision striking down Proposition 8 to take effect, allowing same-sex marriages to resume in the state of California:
“Today, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and reaffirmed our country’s promise to the American people that all are equal under the law. This is a joyous moment for our nation as it moves one step closer to realizing our Constitution’s promise of equality for every American, no matter who they love.
“The highest court in the land also returned marriage equality to California and Ventura County, giving thousands of same-sex couples and their children the recognition and protection they deserve. As our country continues to move forward on marriage equality, we must keep working together to recognize equality for all Americans.”