Once again, predictably, GOP Congressman Steve Pearce (R-CD2) has planted his feet on the wrong side of history. Yesterday Pearce issued a statement opposing marriage equality and the Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8. Democratic Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and Senator Tom Udall responded to Pearce, terming the decision an important step toward our nation’s promise of equal rights for all.
In a statement opposing the decision Pearce said, “The Supreme Court cannot reinvent such a vital and fundamental institution as marriage—the sacred and special union of a husband and a wife, and the foundation of the family. But yet again, unelected judges overruled the voice of the people, and rendered an activist decision to overturn a law that went through the democratic process. Today, Washington interests dealt another blow to the idea of government by the people. ”
Democratic Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-1) and Senator Tom Udall responded to Pearce, terming the decision an important step toward our nation’s promise of equal rights for all.
“As we celebrate today’s victories, we must remember that there’s still work to be done. For all those in New Mexico who have been steadfastly pursuing marriage equality, it’s time to walk through that open door and fulfill the constitutional promise of equality and justice for all Americans. That means not resting until same-sex couples in our state and throughout the nation achieve equal rights. The fight for marriage equality is about recognizing the lifelong commitment that LGBT couples have made to each other. It’s about promise, devotion and love. It’s about the principles and ideals upon which our country was founded” Cangresswoman Lujan Grisham said.
Senator Udall also welcomed the historic decision as a step toward a more perfect union. “Our Constitution enshrines the principle of equality, and our government should never permit or deny anyone’s rights based on their sexual orientation. New Mexico and our country are only strengthened by diversity, and we are better today because of this ruling” Senator Udall said.