June 26, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decided that the federal government cannot interfere in the definition of marriage:
“Today is a great, historic day for equality in America. The Supreme Court’s decision gives same-sex couples and their families the equality they deserve, and guarantees their marriages will no longer be held to a lesser standard. With today’s decision, tens of thousands of gay and lesbian couples now have the certainty of knowing that the decision about whether to get married is solely between them and the person they love – and not the federal government.
“The idea that allowing two loving, committed people to marry would have a negative impact on anyone else, or on our nation as a whole, has always struck me as absurd. I’m glad that today the Supreme Court recognized that the federal government has no business picking and choosing which American couples get the legal recognition and protections they deserve.
“But the fight for equality is not over. Too many Americans still face discrimination at their workplaces today because of their sexual orientation. Every American deserves to be free from job discrimination. To make this the law of the land, I will soon bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the floor of the Senate for a vote.”