Local House Democrats say Supreme Court marriage rulings merely a first stepby George Bennett | June 26th, 2013
Members of Palm Beach County’s all-Democratic U.S. House delegation applauded today’s Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage and said they’ll press for same-sex unions to be legalized in every state.
The high court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act and declined to intervene in a challenge to a lower-court ruling that struck down California’s ban on gay marriage. But the rulings leave in place laws in Florida and other states that forbid same-sex marriages.
Florida voters approved a ban on gay marriage in a 2008 referendum that got 61.9 percent of the vote.
“While these decisions are cause for celebration and a great step towards equality for our nation, our work is not done,” said U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, said after today’s Supreme Court rulings. “I will continue to fight so that all Americans are afforded equal rights – including the rights to marry, adopt, and be free from discrimination. All couples must be afforded the right to marry and to have their relationships respected by society and government, allowing families to grow stronger, and in turn, making our communities, states, and our nation stronger.”
Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, called the Supreme Court rulings “a giant step forward for marriage equality.” But, she added, “If we are truly a nation where the pursuit of happiness is for one and for all, then any person regardless of gender should be allowed to live in a committed relationship with the one they love. The Supreme Court rulings set us on this path, and there is more work to be done until there is equality in every state including Florida.”
Said Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar: “It is important to remember that our work is far from over…I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure that the rights of legally married gay and lesbian couples are protected no matter where they choose to live.”