"My partner and I have been together for 20 years," Maloney said. "We think that our family should be equal to everybody else's."
Maloney is the first openly gay representative from New York. He was elected in November and is serving his first term. There are six openly gay members of the 113th Congress.
"As a member of Congress, if I'm not treated equally, what chance do the thousands and thousands of families stand who aren't members of Congress," Maloney said.
Watch a clip of Maloney's comments above.