CHICAGO - June 26, 2013. Following the United States Supreme Court's historic decisions on civil liberties this morning, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon issued the following statement:

"I am thrilled by the Supreme Court's ruling in Windsor today to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This decision supports one of the fundamental principles of our country?equality?and brings us one step closer to the nation we aspire to be.

"I appreciate the Court's decision in Perry, and am excited for all California couples whose marriages are once again recognized. The decision strengthens my resolve to work harder in Illinois and throughout the country to ensure full marriage equality.

"I look forward to renewing that commitment to equal rights with Illinois families and advocates this Sunday at the Pride Parade in Chicago as we continue working toward marriage equality in Illinois."

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