When I was a teenager I never thought I would see the day when all couples would have the freedom to marry. But today I see full equality and justice for LGBT people firmly on the horizon.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions today will end two laws that discriminate against same-sex couples: the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bars the federal government from recognizing marriages of same-sex couples, and California’s Proposition 8. In the Proposition 8 case, the Supreme Court declined to rule on the constitutionality of the measure, a decision that will keep in place an earlier ruling from federal District Court Judge Vaughn Walker that held Proposition 8 unconstitutional. This restores marriage equality in California.
These rulings are a significant step toward justice for all that I believe will cause a ripple effect that will begin to shift our country and our world toward a more open and accepting way of life. This is truly a historic Pride month to remember!
But full equality won’t come over night. At Transgender Law Center, our sleeves are still rolled up because we know there is much more work to be done. We still need to achieve marriage equality in every state. And, there is so much more than marriage that our community needs in order to survive and thrive – health care, employment, and safety, just to name a few.
You may have seen our #morethanmarriage campaign. Now is the time to participate. Please remind America that the march to equality continues by using #morethanmarriage on twitter, facebook, and instagram to discuss the issues you care about. Click here to learn more.
We are not done. We have just begun.
- Masen Davis
Transgender Law Center