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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Windy City Times: Reactions to DoJ Brief

Aug 26, 2009
In the News

By Andrew Davis
August 18, 2009

from the Windy City Times:

A variety of individuals and organizations have issued statements in response to the brief filed by the Department of Justice against the Defense of Marriage Act ( DOMA ).


U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley said, "It is encouraging to see the Administration state in a court document what we all know to be true"that the Defense of Marriage Act ( DOMA ) is discriminatory and demands repeal. Even though DOMA continues to be upheld, we are seeing cracks in the foundation upon which opponents have built their case for decades.


"We will continue to fight to tear down the wall of inequality until everyone is treated not only with fairness and respect, but with equity under the law. I look forward to working with my colleagues and President Obama to repeal this law and end discrimination once and for all Americans."


Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors released a statement along similar lines, saying, "Although we are pleased that the Obama Administration has stated that DOMA is discriminatory and that same-sex couples are as good parents as heterosexual couples, we are troubled by the Obama Justice Department saying that discrimination based on sexual orientation does not raise serious constitutional issues and that such discrimination is rational."