Senator Dibble on Supreme Court DOMA and Prop 8 Rulings
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court laid down a historic decision for marriage equality in America with its decision to strike down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. They also allowed a state court ruling to stand thereby invalidating California’s Proposition 8, which barred same sex couples from marrying there. With marriage for all couples in Minnesota beginning August 1st, this decision recognizes every Minnesotan is equal before both federal and state law.
State Senator Scott Dibble (DFL – Minneapolis) released the following statement on the decisions:
“Today I am happy to be considered married to my husband in the eyes of the federal government. This decision recognizes a simple fact: the freedom in the Constitution means freedom for everyone.
Now all states with the freedom to marry, and soon many Minnesotans, can look forward to getting the more than 1,138 federal rights benefits and responsibilities that come with marriage. Now it is time to get on with the business of working hard, paying our taxes, building our lives, fully participating in our communities.
I am also overjoyed that loving couples, many of them our close friends, will be allowed once again to form their families and get married in California, just like my husband Richard and I were able to do in 2008. Today love prevails!”