Esty Statement Regarding Marriage Equality

CHESHIRE, CT – Congressional candidate and former State Representative Elizabeth Esty released the following statement following President Obama's declaration of support for marriage equality today and last night's passage of North Carolina's Amendment One, a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality and civil unions in North Carolina:

“I want to commend the President for affirming his personal support for marriage equality earlier today. The President's support marks a truly great moment in the struggle for equality--one that every American can be proud of. Unfortunately, last night we were also reminded that we still have a long still to go. I was deeply disappointed to see North Carolina approve a constitutional amendment against marriage equality. This issue is personal to me. My brother had the courage to come out back in the 70’s when equality for same-sex couples seemed like a distant dream. I’ll never forget seeing his joy at being in love for the first time in his life. Instead of taking rights away, we should be strengthening all families. That’s why I was proud to vote for marriage equality when I served in the Connecticut state house, and it’s why I will fight to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act if elected to Congress. Last night’s vote was a sad and unfortunate step backwards for the state of North Carolina, but it’s also a call for all of us to recommit ourselves to moving this country forward and ensuring marriage equality for everyone and every family. I know we can do it, and I'm so proud that our President is leading the way.”

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