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LGBTQ Weddings, Pride Celebrations Follow Historic Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Equality
by Democracy Now!
Thursday Jul 9th, 2015 12:00 AM
U.S. Supreme Court plaintiff Jim Obergefell: "Today’s ruling from the Supreme Court affirms what millions across this country already know to be true in our hearts: Our love is equal, that the four words etched onto the front of the Supreme Court, 'equal justice under law,' apply to us, too. It’s my hope that the term 'gay marriage' will soon be a thing of the past, that from this day forward it will simply be 'marriage,' and our nation will be better off because of it."
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LGBTQ Weddings, Pride Celebrations Follow Historic Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Equality

Same-sex weddings took place across the country over the weekend after the Supreme Court ruled on June 26, 2015, that all 50 states must now permit LGBTQ couples "the fundamental right to marry." The historic decision puts an end to marriage equality bans that remained in 14 states, impacting tens of thousands of couples. The plaintiff in the case, Jim Obergefell, celebrated the victory.

Jim Obergefell: "Today’s ruling from the Supreme Court affirms what millions across this country already know to be true in our hearts: Our love is equal, that the four words etched onto the front of the Supreme Court, 'equal justice under law,' apply to us, too. It’s my hope that the term 'gay marriage' will soon be a thing of the past, that from this day forward it will simply be 'marriage,' and our nation will be better off because of it."

Obergefell’s home state of Ohio had refused to recognize his marriage on the death certificate of his late husband, John Arthur. Friday’s ruling coincided with Pride Day events across the country this weekend, drawing hundreds of thousands of people to the streets in celebration.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/6/29/headlines#6291


Love Wins: After Decades of Struggle, Marriage Equality Now the Law of the Land

The historic decision puts an end to marriage equality bans that remained in 14 states, impacting tens of thousands of couples. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, "Changed understandings of marriage are characteristic of a Nation where new dimensions of freedom become apparent to new generations." He added, "It demeans gays and lesbians for the State to lock them out of a central institution of the Nation’s society." Advocates note there is more work to be done in the fight for LGBT rights, a point highlighted at many of this weekend’s Pride celebrations. We are joined by two of the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage case, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, who went to court in Michigan to win the right to jointly adopt each other’s children, and Marc Solomon, the national campaign director of Freedom to Marry.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/6/29/love_wins_after_decades_of_struggle


With Marriage Equality Won, LGBTQ Activism Continues for Bias Protections & Overlooked Trans Issues

After the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on marriage equality, many LGBTQ leaders are now redirecting their attention to obtaining federal, state and local legal protections in areas of employment, housing and commerce. Nationwide, anti-discrimination laws for gay people are inconsistent and unequal with only 22 states barring discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Human Rights Campaign is now advocating for a broad federal shield that would protect people of all sexual orientations and gender identities under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Meanwhile, grassroots LGBTQ activists are calling for large, national organizations to also focus their attention and resources on other pressing issues, including lesbian and gay refugees and asylum seekers, the plight of homeless youth ostracized by their families, and the disproportionately high levels of violence experienced by transgender people. We are joined by Jennicet Gutiérrez, an undocumented trans activist from Mexico who recently made national headlines when she interrupted President Obama to say "No more deportations!" at a White House event. Gutiérrez is a founding member of Familia: TQLM, established to advocate for LGBTQ immigrants often excluded in the immigration debate. We are also joined by Marc Solomon, national campaign director of Freedom to Marry and author of "Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits—and Won."