Baldwin, Pocan express hope Supreme Court will embrace marriage equality
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan expressed hope today the U.S. Supreme court’s decisions in two pending cases will reflect the country’s move toward embracing marriage equality.
The Madison Dems, both of whom are openly gay, issued statements today as the court heard arguments on California’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage. The Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow on the Defense of Marriage Act, and Baldwin said she will have the chance to attend the proceedings.
“This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will listen to arguments in cases that will decide whether our country becomes more equal, not less,” Baldwin said. “The court will decide whether gay American citizens can continue to be discriminated against simply because of who they love. “
Pocan, a co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, noted in his statement he was one of 17 lead signatories on an amicus brief from 212 members of Congress urging the court to overturn DOMA.
“The Supreme Court has an unparalleled opportunity in the coming days and weeks to move our country closer to our founding ideals of equality for all,” Pocan said.
“It has become increasingly evident that supporters of marriage equality have the country and the Constitution on our side.”