United States v. Windsor

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Description:  A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal statute that defines marriage for all federal purposes as a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.

Supreme Court strikes down DOMA

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Attorney sound bite:  Austin R. Nimocks

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Austin R. Nimocks regarding the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor:

Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence reads the Supreme Court's opinion in United States v. Windsor (Reuters)
“The Supreme Court got it wrong in saying that a state that has redefined marriage can force that definition on the federal government. The federal government should be able to define what marriage is for federal law just as states need to be able to define what marriage is for state law. Americans should be able to continue advancing the truth about marriage between a man and a woman and why it matters for children, civil society, and limited government.”

“Marriage--the union of husband and wife--is timeless, universal, and special, particularly because children need a mother and a father. That’s why 38 states and 94 percent of countries worldwide affirm marriage as the union of a man and a woman, just as diverse cultures and faiths have throughout history.”

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Previous news releases:

  • 2013-02-27: DOJ brief shows path to DOMA's constitutionality

  • Bradley Abramson: DOMA and the “Living Constitution” (Townhall.com, 2013-05-10)

Map: The State of Marriage (click on image for PDF)

Video: Why Marriage Matters

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