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OCA Applauds Supreme Court's Decision on United States v. Windsor

Wednesday, June 26, 2013   (0 Comments)
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OCA Applauds Supreme Court's Decision on United States v. Windsor


26 June 2013


Tom Hayashi | Executive Director

202 223 5500 |

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), applauds the United States Supreme Court for striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on equal protection grounds.

In a 5-4 decision on the United States v. Windsor case, the United States Supreme Court struck down DOMA as unconstitutional for violating the equal protection clause under the Fifth Amendment. Because of this, hundreds of thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) APA couples will now have access to over a thousand federal benefits in states that allow same-sex marriage.

"OCA is proud of the Supreme Court’s Decision,” says Tom Hayashi, OCA Executive Director, "This will provide over a thousand federal benefits to many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Asian Pacific Americans that they have been wrongfully denied. As an immigrant community, many LGBT APA couples have transnational partners. They will now have the ability to sponsor their spouse over to the United States, a very important concern for us. This decision is a incredible step forward for LGBT, APA, and immigrant civil rights.”

We believe that this is a monumental step forward for the APA community, especially for those of us who are LGBT. It is our belief that in time, legal decisions such as the DOMA case, will pave the way for acceptance, equality and equity for all of us. They will help create a country that will not only allow same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states, but also extinguish bullying because of sexual orientation, race, or ethnic identity.

"There are many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Asian Pacific Americans,” says Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President, "And every person, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, deserves to have the same equal protection and benefits under the law. This is just one step among many needed to create a better world for all of us.”

OCA is committed to protecting and advancing civil rights for the APA community. And we stand in solidarity with the APA LGBT community to celebrate this historic civil rights victory and to press forward at the local level to advocate for same-sex marriage in the other 37 states that do not legally recognize them.

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