June 26, 2013
Caption:Mayor Greg Stanton
Mayor Greg Stanton today praised the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which denied same-sex couples federal benefits available to married couples in the states where they reside, and its refusal to overturn a federal court's declaration that California's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
Stanton released the following statement:
"In our country, the most cherished promises are all people are created equal and the government must treat all people equally. Today’s rulings from the Supreme Court go a long way to keeping these promises. I share in the joy of the LGBT community and allies for these momentous decisions.
"It is only a matter of time until marriage equality will be the law of the land for the entire country. Because of the Supreme Court decisions today, full equality is inevitable and will come sooner rather than later. Arizona must now live up to our values of freedom and individualism by being a leader and proactively repealing our discriminatory laws instead of being dragged along reluctantly."
Stanton has long championed measures to ensure equality for all Arizonans. Earlier this year, he championed city efforts to make it unlawful to deny a person employment or housing on the basis of sexual orientation. The mayor and his wife, Nicole, were named Echo Magazine's 2012 Man and Woman of the Year.