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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act:

“This is a historic day for civil rights and marriage equality. I am heartened by the Supreme Court’s decision affirming equal protection for married gay couples under the 5th Amendment.

“The marriage equality movement has come a long way, both in Hawaii and across the country. In 1998, I was part of a small group of Hawaii leaders who spoke out against an amendment to the Hawaii constitution that enabled legislation banning same-sex marriage.

“There are still many instances in our society where discrimination occurs – from our immigration system to workplaces across the country to states that still ban gay marriage. I will continue to join efforts to end these injustices and fight for equal treatment of all people under the law.”