Supreme Court Decides for Full Marriage Equality

States can no longer discriminate based on sex and sexual orientation

June 26, 2015

(Washington, DC)  Today, the Supreme Court made history by declaring same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional. With a 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges and consolidated cases, marriage equality is now the law of the land: Same-sex couples can be married and have their marriages recognized in every state.  This decision, which ensures that men and women will no longer be barred from marriage based on damaging gender stereotypes, is a victory for all Americans.

The following is a statement from Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center: 

“The National Women’s Law Center joins all champions of equality in celebrating today’s historic decision. The Supreme Court has clearly stated that regardless of your gender or the gender of your partner, you have a fundamental right to marry the person you love, and that right cannot depend on your zip code. This tremendous achievement marks a new day for same-sex couples and their families, who will finally be granted the recognition and dignity that is their due no matter where they live.  This is a major victory—but our efforts are far from over.  Strengthened by this triumph, we must now work to ensure fair treatment for LGBT individuals and families at work, at school, in housing, and elsewhere.  It is time to embrace true and universal equality.”

 

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Contact: Melanie Boyer, mboyer@nwlc.org or 202-588-5180

             Mia Jacobs, mjacobs@nwlc.org or 202-588-5180

 

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