Historic Court Decision Legalizes Gay Marriage Nationwide
By Nathan James
In a historic 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all fifty states this morning, ending decades of legal battles over which Americans have the right to marry those they love. The split decision, which cited the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantees of equal protection under the law, was delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority.
In the Obergfell v. Hodges case, Kennedy said the Constitution’s mandates were clear. “Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same legal treatment as opposite-sex couples, and it would disparage their choices and diminish their personhood to deny them this right,” Kennedy said Read More
Many Voices Applauds!
Black church organization says people of faith can lead by exercising compassion
WASHINGTON, DC — June 26, 2015 — Today the Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for states to deny same-sex couples a marriage license. Many Voices, a Black church movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) justice, applauds the Court for its historic ruling.
“We are extremely enthusiastic about the protections that will now be available to all loving individuals who want to make a life-long commitment to one another,” says Rev. Cedric Harmon, co-director for Many Voices. “This is a significant step in our larger march towards a more equitable society.” Read More
GLAD Hails Historic Day
AS SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN REMAINING MARRIAGE BANS
Today, in a blockbuster legal and cultural moment for the country, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples in the United States, no matter where they live, have the same legal right to marry as different-sex couples.
“Today’s ruling brings joy and relief to millions of Americans and their families,” said Mary L. Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, who argued before the Court on behalf of couples from Michigan and Kentucky, challenging their states’ marriage bans. Read More
Marriage Equality: It’s On!
By Curtis Lipscomb
Exec Director, LGBT Detroit
I wasn’t alive when the Brown v. Board of Education ruling dramatically changed lives of generations of children by ending legal segregation in public education. I was too young to understand the gravity of the Roe v. Wade decision on the future of women’s reproductive rights. Sure, there have been other cases that have thrust our nation closer to fulfilling the promise of American democracy.
LGBT Detroit applauds and celebrates today’s Supreme Court’s ruling affirming that same-sex couples are fundamentally entitled to the legal right to marry. On this day, the United States of America has demonstrated the power and hope of our democracy. We will never be the same. Read More