WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the freedom to marry:
“No American should face discrimination simply because of who they love, and today’s ruling by the Supreme Court affirms that every American has the right to marry the person they love and raise a family without fear that they will one day be torn apart because they are treated differently under the law. With this decision, thousands of Michigan same-sex couples will finally be afforded the same opportunity to marry as other Americans, including April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse of Michigan, who courageously took their case all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
“I was proud to join my colleagues in signing an amicus curiae brief urging the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality. Every year, we move closer and closer to fulfilling the ideals our nation was founded on — equality, freedom, and justice. And although history will no doubt view today’s ruling as a watershed moment in the fight for equality, that fight is far from over. LGBT Americans across the country still face discrimination and lack many legal protections afforded to other Americans. Our Constitution guaranteed equal protection under the law, and I am committed to fighting for equal rights for all Americans so we can always say with confidence that our country is a place where all are created equal.”