Transcript: ACLU National Director Anthony Romero’s remarks on the Supreme Court decision to strike down DOMA in United States v. Windsor

Transcript of remarks by Anthony Romero, National Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) who represented Edie Windsor, on the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor on June 26, 2013:

Good morning. I’m Anthony Romero, the National Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. We are the lawyers for Edie Windsor in the DOMA [Defense of Marriage Act] case.

We are incredibly gratified that today we have struck down an un-American, an unconstitutional law – the Defense of Marriage Act.

We are thrilled to have won justice for our 83-year-old client, Edie Windsor, who lost her wife and then was treated like a stranger before the law and asked to pay $363,000 in estate taxes.

We are thrilled the impact goes far beyond Edie’s very important case, that this case will have ripple effects all across this country, that the equal protection standards that now the Supreme Court upheld this morning gives us an opportunity for fighting against laws that discriminate against LGBT individual in housing, in employment, in public accommodations.

It also gives us a chance to undo those 30 state-level DOMAs that define marriage as only between a man and a woman. That’s fundamentally un-American.

We are thrilled at the prospect before us. We truly stand at a tipping point today for winning the struggle for LGBT equality. The fight is by no means over.

Now we take it to the states. We fight law by law, state by state, to get full marriage equality for every American because that’s what the Constitution stands for.

Thank you.


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