DOMA Ruling is Praised by Florida Democrats
While Bill Clinton may have signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into law back in 1996, Florida Democrats at the state and national level are cheering the U.S. Supreme Court ruling it as unconstitutional.
"As Democrats, we are committed to full equality for every American,” Florida Democratic Chairwoman Allison Tant said in a statement on Wednesday morning. “Today, the Supreme Court moved us further toward that goal. All married couples will now enjoy the federal benefits and protections they have been wrongfully denied for years. There is still a long road ahead before we achieve full equality for GLBT Americans, and here in Florida we stand committed to continue this fight."
Tant is not the only Florida Democrat weighing in to cheer the decision. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, praised the court decision in an email to supporters on Wednesday.
“Today is a very good day -- both for the married couples who will finally enjoy the federal benefits and protections they’ve been denied for years, and for all Americans who want to live in a country where everyone is treated equally under the law,” Schultz insisted. “By striking down the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act, the Supreme Court took an important step toward equality -- but we still have so much further to go.”
Wasserman Schultz quickly moved to attack Republicans on the issue.
“Equality shouldn’t be a partisan issue, but unfortunately, right now it is. The Republicans oppose marriage equality in their official party platform, and the vast majority of my Republican colleagues in Congress agree with that position,” she wrote. “Given how much progress we’ve made on this issue in such a short period of time, it’d be easy to think that achieving full equality for all Americans is inevitable.”