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Comments from Ohioans on Supreme Court Decisions
COLUMBUS (Kellie Hanna) -- Comments on the Supreme Court same-sex marriage decisions:
Comment from FreedomOhio: "Today, in historic rulings, the United States Supreme Court overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and dismissed a case involving California’s Proposition 8 that in effect overturns a ballot initiative in that state to limit the definition of marriage to heterosexual couples."
Ian James, FreedomOhio co-founder, the campaign to bring the Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom Amendment to Ohio voters, said, “we are elated that the Supreme Court has repealed DOMA and in effect rejected Proposition 8. These decisions are proof that the tide of acceptance for all couples is turning in this country, and we have taken two more important steps toward true equality.”
“This important moment, however, does not change the reality that Ohio still has a constitutional amendment banning same-gender marriage. Ohio voters can address the civil rights issue of our generation by voting for the Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom amendment. We are elated and our resolve has been doubled to collect signatures. The journey continues. We will bring marriage equality to Ohio in November, 2014.”
Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the United States v. Windsor. The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the House of Representatives intervened in the case to defend DOMA’s constitutionality.
“Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis and President Clinton signed it into law. The House intervened in this case because the constitutionality of a law should be judged by the Court, not by the president unilaterally. While I am obviously disappointed in the ruling, it is always critical that we protect our system of checks and balances. A robust national debate over marriage will continue in the public square, and it is my hope that states will define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.”
Mayor Michael B. Coleman applauded today’s United States Supreme Court rulings advancing the cause of marriage equality. In Windsor v. U.S. the court invalidated a key section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited the federal government from recognizing marriages between same-sex couples. In Hollingsworth v. Perry the court restored the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in the State of California.
“This is a major step in the long struggle for true equality,” Mayor Coleman said. “But our fight for marriage equality will not end until all our citizens, including those in the State of Ohio and the City of Columbus, can share in the fundamental freedom to marry.”
In the Windsor case, the Court struck down a central part of the 1996 law that denies legally married same-sex couples the federal protections and responsibilities triggered by marriage. This ruling does not mean that states are now mandated to marry same-sex couples. It does mean the federal government can no longer categorically deny married same-sex couples the benefits of federal programs and policies afforded to all other married couples.
In the Perry case, the Court ruled that the proponents of California’s 2008 Proposition 8 do not possess legal standing to appeal the lower court rulings that invalidated the amendment. This ruling means the swift restoration of the freedom to marry in California. However, it has no effect on the 2004 Ohio amendment that prohibited state recognition of same-sex unions of any kind. Mayor Coleman strongly opposed the 2004 anti-equality amendment and will continue to advocate for its repeal.