Washington, DC – Former Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) released the following statement today applauding the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Dodd, who originally voted for DOMA, expressed regret and came out against the law in 2009.
“Today the Court has recognized and affirmed that all Americans - all families - deserve equal rights and protections under the Constitution,” said Dodd. “It marks another step forward – and hopefully, one of the final steps – in the long and arduous journey towards equality for all Americans.
Earlier this year, Dodd was joined by former Senators Tom Daschle, Bill Bradley and Alan Simpson – all of whom originally supported DOMA – in urging the Supreme Court to overturn the law, concluding “In short, the suggestion that our country’s vital institutions need protection from gay families has been thoroughly discredited by our national experience.”