Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Releases Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Decline Appeals to Marriage Equality Victories
October 6, 2014 - San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision to deny review of circuit court rulings in favor of marriage equality in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, clearing the way for marriage equality in 30 states and the District of Columbia:
“Today’s action by the Supreme Court to decline challenges to marriage equality victories in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin represents progress for all Americans. As we celebrate the cascade of decisions in favor of marriage equality, we must renew our determination to sweep discriminatory laws into the dustbin of history.
“There is no argument for and no justice in sustaining these unconstitutional laws that deny the reality of LGBT families in states across the country. No couple should have to live in fear that their marriage will be invalidated, that the death of a spouse may lead to a forced eviction, or that a distant relative can have more influence in health-related decisions that a loving partner.
“We cannot rest until all LGBT Americans in every community, in every state can enjoy the benefits of full citizenship. Congress must act to pass the Respect For Marriage Act to fully repeal the remainder of the deeply discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act and ensure that all families are fully recognized and honored – no matter where they live. Whether at home or in the workplace, the progress of equality will not be denied.”