Tampa, FL – Today the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a bill signed in to law by President Bill Clinton. This law restricted federal marriage benefits and required inter-state marriage recognition to only opposite sex marriages. Section 3 of DOMA codified the non-recognition of same-sex marriages for all federal purposes. These included insurance benefits for government employees, Social Security survivors’ benefits, immigration, and the joint filing of tax returns.
The Tampa Bay Young Republicans agree that all people be treated equally under law, and by the Federal Government, as is guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment. As Republicans, we should always be against the expansion of the Federal Government’s power. This ruling today limits the power of the Federal Government to act on the issue of marriage. Additionally, this ruling will not infringe on Florida’s or any religious institution’s definition of marriage. Therefore, the TBYR celebrates the Court’s decision on DOMA.