Statement From A.G. Schneiderman Regarding Supreme Court Decision To Rule On State Same Sex Marriage Bans

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement regarding the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to hear petitions seeking review of the Sixth Circuit’s decision upholding bans on same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

“There should be no haven for discrimination against same-sex couples anywhere in the United States. Loving couples in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee are no less deserving of equal treatment under the law than couples in New York and the other 35 states that now have marriage equality. By taking up this question, the Supreme Court has an opportunity to cement a historic victory of one of the great movements for dignity and human rights in American history. My office will join those states that are arguing on the side of equal justice under law for gay and lesbian couples, as we have done in numerous other cases, and I am hopeful that we will prevail.”

Attorney General Schneiderman has long been committed to advancing marriage equality. He filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor, successfully arguing that the Defense of Marriage Act violated the U.S. Constitution. He also successfully defended New York’s Marriage Equality Act from legal challenge in New York State’s highest court. On October 23, 2012, the New York State Court of Appeals sided with A.G. Schneiderman’s office in rejecting a challenge to the Marriage Equality Act.

Attorney General remains committed to combating discrimination based on sexual orientation. To file a complaint, contact the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau at 212-416-8250 or Civil.Rights@ag.ny.gov.