In a historic ruling in June of 2013, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the discriminatory federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in their ruling on United States v. Windsor.
The ruling affirmed that all loving and committed couples that are married deserve equal legal respect and treatment from the federal government.
In the majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy, joined by Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan, criticized Section 3 of DOMA "as a deprivation of the liberty of the person protected by the Fifth Amendment".
In honor of #ThrowbackThursday, here are four other powerful quotes from the opinion.
1. "DOMA undermines both the public and private significance of state-sanctioned same-sex marriages; for it tells those couples, and all the world, that their otherwise valid marriages are unworthy of federal recognition.”
2. “And it (DOMA) humiliates tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples. The law in question makes it even more difficult for the children to understand the integrity and closeness of their own family and its concord with other families in their community and in their daily lives."
3. “DOMA seeks to injure the very class New York seeks to protect. By doing so it violates basic due process and equal protection principles applicable to the Federal Government.”
4. “DOMA writes inequality into entire United States code.”
As we get closer to April 28, stay tuned to HRC.org/blog for more marriage equality news.