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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Congresswoman Esty Celebrates Marriage Equality Victory

June 26, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision supporting marriage equality.

“I commend the Supreme Court on its historic decision,” said Rep. Esty. “Today, we celebrate with countless Americans who have faced systematic discrimination because of who they love. Now, all Americans will have equal access to marriage and we have enshrined in our law that same-sex couples deserve the same recognition from their government as their neighbor.

“The Constitution is a living document for a dynamic people. Today’s decision will take its place in the pantheon of historic cases honoring our nation’s enduring promise that every person is deserving of dignity, respect, and equality under the law.

“But let’s remember: this struggle is far from over. This is personal for many families, including my own. My brother had the courage to come out in 1978, when equality was still a distant dream. We still have work to do in our efforts to advance equal rights for all Americans. We need to ensure that no one is denied employment, housing, opportunities, or benefits because of their sexual orientation.”

Last week, Congresswoman Esty spoke on the House floor in honor of LGBT Pride Month, which is celebrated each year in the month of June.