By Melanie Nathan, June 6, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, and the lead sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), lauded today’s decision by the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, presuming DOMA to be unconstitutional in Edith Windsor v. the United States of America.
Nadler issued the following statement:
“Today’s decision in the case brought by my constituent – and an exemplary human being – Edie Windsor, is yet another major act of validation for equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans. And it is yet another blow to the terribly discriminatory and clearly unconstitutional DOMA. I am again gratified that Paul Clement and Speaker Boehner’s BLAG have been unable to defend a law that is so thoroughly indefensible.
“I congratulate Edie for this first offering of justice after she has had to endure so much injustice. Both the Constitution and basic commonsense tell us that no reasonable law would deny Edie and Thea Spyer, her late fiancée of decades, the very same federal protections and responsibilities that every other committed American couple is afforded.”
Nadler has been a staunch supporter of LGBT rights during his term in Congress and is one of the few champions of green cards for bi-national same-sex couples, having sponsored the Uniting American Families Act.