Attorney General Loretta Lynch on
Tuesday said that she and the Department of Justice are committed to
“I am committed – as is this
department – to ensuring equal dignity and equal treatment for all
members of society, regardless of sexual orientation,” she said in
Lynch released the statement on the
same day that the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case challenging
bans on gay marriage in Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan.
Court justices appear divided on gay marriage.)
“As we argue today before the Supreme
Court, same-sex couples deserve that treatment now,” she added.
On Monday, The 55-year-old Lynch was
sworn in as the nation's 83rd attorney general and the
first African-American woman to hold the position. She replaces Eric
Holder, who strongly supported gay rights.