President Barack Obama applauds the Supreme Court for striking down the Defense against Marriage Act, according to a statement released by the White House.
"This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it.
"We are a people who declared that we are all created equal - and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well," said the President.
The President continued to say that the ruling is a victory for couples, children of parents whose union will now be recognized, as well as for families, friends and supporters.
President Obama has directed the Attorney General to work with other members of the Cabinet to review other relevant federal statutes to ensure the decision, including its implications for Federal benefits and obligations, is implemented swiftly and smoothly.
"On an issue as sensitive as this, knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation's commitment to religious freedom is also vital, " said President Obama.
President Obama says that the decision made by the Supreme Court today does not change how religious institutions define and consecrate marriage. The decision only applies to civil marriages.
"The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts: when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free," said President Obama.
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