Press Release

June 26, 2013
Cardin Praises Supreme Court Ruling On Marriage Equality

“Loving families across our great nation have been made whole today, as the Supreme Court upheld the core principle that all persons must be treated equally under the law. By striking down as unconstitutional the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that limited federal marriage benefits to opposite sex couples, the Supreme Court has affirmed that there is no place for discrimination in America based on sexual orientation. Government should not interfere in the ability of men and women to marry the person they love, and they should be entitled to the same benefits as heterosexual couples, including tax benefits, rights of inheritance, health insurance, and legal marriage. The Federal Government – especially Congress and the executive branch – should act quickly to comply with and fully implement this Supreme Court ruling, following the lead of a growing number of states including Maryland that give full recognition and equality to legal marriages of same-sex couples.”