ACOG Statement on United States Supreme Court Rulings on Defense of Marriage Act and California Proposition 8
June 26, 2013
Washington, DC -- As a leading advocate for women’s health, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) applauds today’s United States Supreme Court ruling affording equal treatment for same-sex couples and their families under federal law by overturning the Defense of Marriage Act. ACOG also celebrates today’s other decision which allows same-sex couples to marry in the state of California.
ACOG advocates for the health and well-being of all individuals and believes that no woman should suffer discrimination, including women in same-sex relationships. Positive health outcomes are associated with marriage for both heterosexual and same-sex couples. Extending marriage equality to our patients in same-sex marriages will provide them and their families with many important health and financial benefits. Same-sex spouses deserve the same rights, privileges, and protections that the federal government provides to heterosexual spouses including health insurance coverage, estate and federal tax benefits, Social Security benefits and protections under the Family Medical Leave Act. Today’s decisions are a great step forward for the health of women and their families in this country.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 57,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization. www.acog.org