U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder responded to the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a key provision in the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
The Justice Department, under Holder's direction, declined to defend DOMA in court.
Holder, in a statement on June 26, said, "Today’s historic decision in the case of United States v. Windsor, declaring Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, is an enormous triumph for equal protection under the law for all Americans."
He continued, "The court’s ruling gives real meaning to the Constitution’s promise of equal protection to all members of our society, regardless of sexual orientation. This decision impacts a broad array of federal laws. At the President’s direction, the Department of Justice will work expeditiously with other executive branch agencies to implement the court’s decision.
"Despite this momentous victory, our nation’s journey – towards equality, opportunity, and justice for everyone in this country – is far from over. Important, life-changing work remains before us.
"And, as we move forward in a manner consistent with the court’s ruling, the Department of Justice is committed to continuing this work, and using every tool and legal authority available to us to combat discrimination and to safeguard the rights of all Americans."