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SUBJECT: Seattle Office for Civil Rights Statement on SCOTUS DOMA Ruling and Prop. 8 Dismissal

6/26/2013  3:41:00 PM

Seattle Office for Civil Rights Statement on SCOTUS DOMA Ruling and Prop. 8 Dismissal

SEATTLE – The Supreme Court of the United States struck down as unconstitutional the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and dismissed California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8, for lack of standing.

In a statement released earlier today, Mayor McGinn noted "Love and equality prevail. I thank the Supreme Court for overturning the clearly unconstitutional and unjust Defense of Marriage Act. The City of Seattle filed amicus briefs in support of overturning DOMA in part because it forced us to tax our employees in same-sex marriages differently than those in opposite-sex relationships. Same-sex married couples in Washington State will now enjoy full equality in the eyes of the federal government. It is long overdue."

Julie Nelson, Seattle Office for Civil Rights Director stated, "Today's Supreme Court decision is a true victory not only for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community but for everyone who cares about equity and civil rights. Granting same sex couples the right to equal protection under the law strengthens our society's commitment to justice and fairness. While other Supreme Court decisions this week remind us that our work is not done, today we celebrate the forward movement towards equity and civil rights."

In celebration of Pride 2013, the City of Seattle and the Seattle LGBT Commission with participation from a number of City departments will be marching in the 39th annual Pride Parade on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11 am, celebrating diversity, community and unity. The parade commemorates equal rights and liberation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. See more information at:

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