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Wed Jun 26, 2013, 11:32 PM

Kerry/State Department statement on DOMA decision

The U.S. Department of State applauds the Supreme Courtís decision striking down an unjust and discriminatory law and increasing freedom and equality for LGBT Americans.

As a Senator, I voted against DOMA in 1996 and argued that it was unconstitutional. As Secretary of State, I look forward to the work that now can and must be done to adjust rules and regulations that affect the many married Americans who were hurt by this law. While I am incredibly proud of the job that the State Department has done in ensuring equal benefits for our employees, thereís more to be done. To fully implement the requirements and implications of the Courtís decision, we will work with the Department of Justice and other agencies to review all relevant federal statutes as well as the benefits administered by this agency. We will work to swiftly administer these changes to ensure that every employee and their spouse have access to their due benefits regardless of sexual orientation both at home and abroad.

I am proud of the progress weíre making in this arena, and particularly proud that I work for a President who has helped to lead the way forward. From Stonewall to the repeal of ĎDonít Ask, Donít Tell,í despite setbacks along the way, the arc of our history on this issue has bent towards inclusion and equality, perhaps never more so than today.



In a recent speech, JK was asked about issue of treating gay foreign spouses like straight spouses - and his response was to identify the two people already working on that in case DOMA was declared unconstitutional.

(link to that talk if you want to read - http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/06/210910.htm )

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Wed Jun 26, 2013, 11:58 PM

1. This may mean that the Leahy amendment to the immigration bill is not needed

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