Sen. Franken applauds U.S. Supreme Court decision finding DOMA unconstitutional
NEWS RELEASE — Washington, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), a long-time supporter of marriage equality, today (Wednesday, June 26)issued a statement after the U.S. Supreme Court found the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional:
“Being married to Franni for 37 years is the best thing that ever happened to me, and I believe that every loving couple should be seen as equal under the eyes of the law. As a long-time supporter of marriage equality, I’ve been fighting for years to stop discrimination against same-sex couples and their children by pressing to end the Defense of Marriage Act, which unjustly denied important protections to couples in Minnesota because of whom they love. I’m very happy that the U.S. Supreme Court found DOMA unconstitutional, and that we’re now closer toward ensuring marriage equality for every American. Our country is starting to understand that it’s not about what a family looks like: it’s about their love and commitment to one another.”
In March, Sen. Franken and a number of his colleagues in the House and Senate filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court urging the Court to overturn DOMA because it violates individuals’ rights to equal protection under the law by denying federal benefits to same-sex couples and their children.
Sen. Franken is also a supporter of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA and restore the federal benefits of marriage to all lawfully married couples—including tens of thousands of same-sex couples.