Philadelphia, June 26, 2013– Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional and that California’s Proposition 8 (Prop 8) is invalid:
“Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of equality for every American citizen. The Court’s momentous decisions on DOMA and Prop 8 represent a landmark moment for our country, for our on-going fight for LGBT rights and for same-sex couples and families.
In finding DOMA unconstitutional, same sex couples and families will have the rights they have been previously denied and greater protections under federal law. But this federal recognition is only one step in the many still needed for full equality across the country.
While Pennsylvania still operates under a state-wide DOMA, with restrictions similar to that of the federal law just struck down, Philadelphia stands as a beacon of hope, a place of equality – we have the strongest civil rights law and protections of any city. With longstanding non-discrimination policies, relationship recognition for same-sex couples, domestic partner benefits and transgender-inclusive health benefits for city employees Philadelphia is a city that values the diversity of our residents and embraces every citizen’s rights.
I am proud of Philadelphia’s contributions toward LGBT equality and am looking forward to the day when a Philadelphia Mayor can legally perform a same-sex marriage.
As a Mayors For Marriage Equality member and a proud LGBT ally, I celebrate this victory.”