“Today, the Federal Appeals Court declared what we have always known to be true: that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act is an unconstitutional assault on our civil liberties. I’m pleased we’re one step closer to overturning harmful federal legislation that denies same-sex couples the right to wed, depriving them of the security and benefits of marriage.

With each passing day, and with the support of President Obama, we come that much closer to making marriage equality a reality for everyone across the nation. I’m proud of the work we have done, and will continue to do, to ensure equal rights for all people, and I thank everyone who has fought so valiantly to repeal DOMA for their efforts and for their tireless work to end this discriminatory policy once and for all.”