House GOP Ends Defense of Marriage Discrimination


Press Contact:
Nicole Collins Bronzan
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry

Washington, DC -- In the wake of the Supreme Court’s historic decision striking down a key portion of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, House Republican leaders, who had led the unsuccessful defense of the discriminatory law, announced in a court filing today that they would cease defending other statutes that discriminate against married same-sex couples.

Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:

"It took a Supreme Court ruling, but House Republicans have finally taken a step toward joining the majority of Americans who have come to understand that marriage does not need defending from committed couples – and that, as Dick Cheney put it, ‘freedom means freedom for everyone.’ The House leadership spent millions of taxpayer dollars unsuccessfully defending the so-called Defense of Marriage Act that the Supreme Court held is indefensible. They could and should now help redeem those dollars by doing what Congress is supposed to do – pass the Respect for Marriage Act and get the discriminatory so-called Defense of Marriage Act off the books once and for all."

Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.