Amicus lector
Sen. Tim Johnson pleased with DOMA decision

I just got a statement from Sen. Tim Johnson about today’s rulings on DOMA and Prop 8.

"Today, the United States Supreme Court issued two opinions regarding marriage equality. I am extremely pleased the Supreme Court took a big step toward ending discrimination by the federal government based upon sexual orientation by striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.  Also, the Court has sent California’s Proposition 8 back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and I will continue to monitor the impact this will have. I am glad the United States Supreme Court has moved America forward in the name of equality."

Johnson, as you probably recall, announced his support for same sex marriage in April, making him one of the last Democratic Senators to do so.

The statement he released at that time said his views had “evolved sufficiently” to support gay marriage. He also made specific reference to religious liberty, which we know to be a big concern in South Dakota.

"This position doesn’t require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom." 

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