Equal marriage victory in the USA

This video from Washington DC in the USA says about itself:

Reactions outside the Supreme Court to marriage equality ruling

26 June 2015

From the Human Rights Campaign in the USA:

We won! In a historic ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that bans on marriage equality are unconstitutional. Marriage equality is the law of the land and LGBT couples in every corner of the country will soon have the opportunity to marry in their home states!

At this moment, I’m standing outside of the Supreme Court with Jim Obergefell and thousands of other HRC supporters in the midst of an awe-inspiring, joyous celebration. Today is a true testament to decades of hard work paying off — and I hope you will join in the celebration wherever you are.

Raise a toast, then join us in public celebration. First, add your name to a commemorative HRC logo that includes YOUR NAME along with other HRC members’ names that will be instantly downloadable. Then, make it your profile image. That way, you can show the world that you stood on the right side of history.

In addition, if you are out celebrating, please take pictures and send them to us using the hashtag #LoveWins. HRC will be retweeting and reposting your photos all day and night so we can show the world that together, we made history!

Think about it — decades from now, children in schools will learn Obergefell v. Hodges as one of the most important equal rights cases ever before the Supreme Court. And, you were a part of it!

Today’s ruling makes it perfectly clear that there is no legal or moral justification for continuing to stand in the path of marriage equality. Couples from Michigan to Texas to North Dakota shouldn’t have to wait even a moment longer to be treated equally under the law.

I am calling upon state officials across the country to act swiftly to ensure that every obstacle to obtaining a marriage license is removed as quickly as possible so loving same-sex couples don’t have to wait any longer.

Thank you for helping HRC change hearts and minds all over the world. This victory wouldn’t have been possible without you.

Thanks so much,

Chad Griffin
President, HRC

Alabama Justice Roy Moore vows to block ‘illegitimate’ marriage equality ruling at state level: here.

Kentucky Clerk Refuses To Issue Marriage License To Gay Couples In Heated Exchange. The woman says she holds a religious objection to issuing the licenses: here.

Artists And Writers Around The Country Pledge Support For Gay Marriage: here.

AUSTRALIA CELEBRATES AS PARLIAMENT APPROVES SAME-SEX MARRIAGE Only four members of Parliament voted against it. Same-sex weddings are expected to start taking place in 2018. [HuffPost]

45 thoughts on “Equal marriage victory in the USA

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  2. And we thought the fight for marriage equality was over…

    After Friday’s Supreme Court ruling, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a directive requiring government officials to prioritize religious beliefs over equal protection of the law and declared, “This order applies to any agency decision, including but not limited to granting or denying benefits … or enforcing state laws and regulations.”

    Tell Governor Abbott that it is time to stop standing in the way of equality and the law: all county clerk offices MUST begin issuing marriage licenses to all Texans without discrimination and government officials MUST respect the marriages of same-sex couples.

    In stark contrast to state leadership in many other states like Ohio who agreed to abide by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn same-sex marriage bans, Texas is attempting to skirt the rule of law. We can’t let Governor Abbott make Texas a leader in discrimination — send him a message with HRC today.

    Freedom of religion is a fundamental right, but that right doesn’t extend to discriminating against others. Governor Abbott is implying that it is perfectly acceptable to undermine the Supreme Court’s ruling across the state. He is demanding that public officials be exempt from performing their core responsibilities…

    By permitting any court clerk to issue marriage licenses based on their personally-held religious beliefs or any state human resources official to deny same-sex couples marriage benefits, Governor Abbott is establishing a slippery slope for discrimination here in Texas. It’s time to break the cycle.

    You’ve stood up for what’s right by fighting for marriage equality with HRC. Now it’s Governor Abbott’s turn to do what’s right…

    Enough is enough. The highest court in the nation has declared same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional. Let Governor Abbott know that it’s his responsibility to ensure all couples are treated equally under the law.


    Chad Griffin
    Human Rights Campaign


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  6. What a week in the fight for equality. But as we said in Austin and Dallas earlier this week: we’re nowhere near done yet.

    On Monday, I joined lead Supreme Court plaintiff Jim Obergefell and activists and friends from across the state – including Equality Texas and Rep. Celia Israel – in Austin on the steps of the Texas Capitol to celebrate a critical victory, but also remind the country that the fight for full equality for LGBT people still has a long way to go.

    Jim told the crowd that “In many states, including my home state of Ohio and right here in Texas, you can get married but then suffer consequences. You can get married and then lose your job, lose your home and so much more because we are not guaranteed nondiscrimination protections. … Friday’s historic ruling is a victory, but it’s just the beginning.” That’s why the Human Rights Campaign’s battle for non-discrimination protections at the federal level is just so critical.

    In Dallas, Jim and HRC joined allies like Rev. Neil Cazares-Thomas, senior pastor at the Cathedral of Hope, to share more about the path forward for Texas and the country. That path includes a battle for employment protections that will ensure that no person is fired or denied a job because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, a fight for protections in public accommodations that will defend LGBT people from discrimination at parks and elsewhere, and an end to housing discrimination that has led countless couples and individuals being denied apartments or kicked out of their homes.

    This will be one of our toughest fights yet. And while the dust is still settling from the Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday (and while Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tries to stop the tide of history), we will need to refocus and redouble our efforts.

    But if there’s anything we’ve learned over the past months and years, when we work together, there’s nothing we can’t do. So let’s get back to work.

    Take a look at this publication and this video for details on HRC’s work in Texas.

    Thank you,

    Chad Griffin
    Human Rights Campaign


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