LAS VEGAS, NV – Today’s Supreme Court decision in U.S. v Windsor, considered the constitutionality of Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
“The Supreme Court’s decision on the unconstitutionality of DOMA, recognizes the fundamental rights of equal protection, free expression, and the legality of marriage recognition by the federal government in the United States,” said Tod Story, Executive Director of the ACLU of Nevada. “Loving couples, whose only desire is to share their lives together should not be subjected to approval by lawmakers or majority opinion. If we are truly the ‘land of the free’ then self-determination is the fundamental right granted to each of us in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution through the pursuits of life, liberty and property.”
“Same-sex marriages are legal in California again, and the federal government will now recognize all loving couples for federal benefit purposes,” stated Story.