Melissa Responds to Supreme Court Decisions on DOMA, Prop 8 and Voting Rights Act

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a historic one for the LGBT community and for all of us who continue to fight for equal rights, respect and dignity for all. The Supreme Court has affirmed what we’ve known all along: that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. A lot has changed since DOMA passed Congress. Support for marriage equality has never been stronger. While we still have a long way to go until our LGBT community has full equality, today’s ruling will have a real impact on the lives of same-sex couples who deserve nothing less than the rights that all married couples enjoy. I am also pleased that in choosing not to hear the Prop 8 case, same-sex marriage will effectively become legal in California.

“Still, today’s incredible victories on LGBT rights should not diminish yesterday’s horrific decision on the Voting Rights Act. That decision could erase decades of gains in the rights of communities of color to fair representation and equal rights at the polls. In the wake of this decision, we must remain vigilant and fight every effort in every state to dilute the political power of communities of color in our country.”

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