The Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional today by a Federal Appeals Court in Manhattan. Gov. Andrew Cuomo who successfully championed the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York issued this statement:
In June 2011, New York State inspired the rest of the nation by becoming the largest state to achieve marriage equality. Todayâ€™s ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit provides further momentum for national progress on this important civil rights issue. What we did here in New York can only be the beginning, and we must continue to work together until all Americans are free to marry whom they love and are entitled to all of the rights and benefits of marriage equally, regardless of sexual orientation."
Cuomo congratulates Sen. Tom Duane on the floor of the Senate after the passage of same-sex marriage legislation. Photo courtesy of The Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.