"When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free." — President Obama on the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act– President Barack Obama
Today, following the Supreme Court's historic decision to strike down the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz sent out the following email to supporters:
The Supreme Court has just struck down the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, giving tens of thousands of Americans the federal rights and protections that they've been unfairly denied for years.
It's just the latest step we've made in recent years toward a more equal country where people aren't treated differently because of who they love.
This progress wouldn't have happened without the hard work of activists and people like you -- and we won't finish the fight for equality unless we all step up and finish it.
There is no gay agenda or straight agenda. As Democrats, our only agenda is full equality under the law for every American.
For so many Americans, today's decision was personal -- just as it was when President Obama signed the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, put in place hospital visitation rights for LGBT couples, and established the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
Of course there is more to do. But today's decision shows how the tide has turned in our favor. By coming together and supporting Democrats across the country who are fighting for equal rights at the federal and state levels, we can make real progress.
Please join me and fight for equal rights for every American:
Equality is not an aspiration, it's a destination we will reach together.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee
As Democrats, we're committed to full equality for every American. In advance of the Supreme Court's decision on the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, we've created a special "Democrats for Equality" image. Please join us and show your support by changing your social media profile pictures to the image below.