New York officials are more than excited that the United States Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. Here are some of their reactions:
Statement of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg:
The rights of men and women should not be dependent upon who they love and who they chose to spend their lives with. The Supreme Courtâ€™s decision to review the constitutionality of DOMA is the right decision and one that brings us another step closer to full marriage equality. The history of our country is defined by the progress we have made expanding the definition of equality to all people, of all races and both sexes. The Supreme Court Justices have often played a central role in these debates, and now they will have a chance to do so again.
Statement of City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn:
I am pleased to learn that the Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to hear cases on marriage equality, including the Edie Windsor case involving the Defense of Marriage Act and the challenge to Californiaâ€™s Proposition 8.
I am confident that the Court will reach the same conclusion as the Court of Appeals and affirm that Edie Windsor cannot be denied the right to have her marriage, or the securities that come with it, recognized by the federal government. I am also confident that court will affirm the Ninth Circuitâ€™s decision that Prop 8 violates the Equal Protection Clause. I am inspired by Ms. Windsorâ€™s tenacity and courage to continue this fight all the way to the Supreme Court, as well as all the participants in these cases who have worked so hard to change the discriminatory laws of the country.
â€śUntil all same-sex couples have equal rights regardless of who they love, we will continue this fight.
Statement of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman:
I am pleased that the Court has decided to hear this case and I am hopeful that we will prevail. The Second Circuit agreed with our argument that the proposed justifications for the Defense of Marriage Act should be subjected to special scrutiny, both because the statute burdens gay and lesbian married couples, and because it intrudes on the traditional role of states in defining marriage. The State of New York has long recognized out-of-state, same-sex marriages, and the enactment of the Marriage Equality Act further cements our stateâ€™s position on this critical civil rights issue. The Supreme Court should affirm the ruling of the Second Circuit and declare DOMA to be unconstitutional.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Photo provided by NYC Mayor's Office.