(Washington, DC) – Today, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) issued the following statement praising President Obama’s comments on same-sex marriage:
“I am pleased that President Obama endorsed same-sex marriage today, and his support will help gay and lesbian Americans find the equal respect and recognition that comes through marriage. The issues of equality, and basic human rights, should not be up for debate, and the President’s comments today make that clear.
“In my view, federal law should not discriminate against citizens of Connecticut who lawfully exercise rights under our Connecticut Constitution. Nor should government disadvantage people on the basis of whom they love. That is why I am a cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Very simply, this legislation ensures that individuals married in one state can continue to receive the federal benefits they are entitled to receive as a married couple, regardless of their state of residence.
“I will continue to fight for equality for same-sex couples to ensure that they are guaranteed all the same rights as heterosexual couples. Marriage equality is a human right, and I am committed to working with my colleagues to see this through.”