This is a great day for equality and inclusion in America. In striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Supreme Court has sent a clear message that all legal marriages in America, regardless of gender, are deserving of equal dignity under the law. With DOMA relegated to history, we can now press forward with the important work of ensuring that all married couples are able to enjoy all the benefits and bear the responsibilities that come with Federal recognition of their marriages. The President has directed the Attorney General to work with other members of his Cabinet to review all relevant federal statutes to ensure this decision is implemented swiftly and smoothly. NASA looks forward to working with the Administration to fully implement the Court’s decision.
The defeat of DOMA is a victory for the spirit of fairness and inclusion that holds us together as one NASA family. As President Obama said, “The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts: when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom them love, we are all more free.”