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Second Circuit Strikes Defense of Marriage Act

Press Contact: 
Regina Weiss
Director of Communications
212-213-2113 x20
Release Date: 
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Statement on Second Circuit Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act



“As someone who has been proud to call Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer my friends, I am thrilled to see their long and loving relationship validated by the court. In addition, as one of the religious and cultural organizations representing many different faith traditions who signed an amicus brief in this case, Bend the Arc is gratified by the Second Circuit’s ruling that DOMA violates the Constitutional guarantee of Equal Protection under the law. This is one more step toward what we believe will be a full validation of marriage equality when the Supreme Court relegates DOMA to the same dust bin as laws that once prohibited marriage between Americans of different racial backgrounds.” 

                                Alan van Capelle, Chief Executive Officer