Moments ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the freedom to marry nationwide by a 5-4 majority!
Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida, issued this statement regarding today’s Supreme Court decision affirming the freedom of all couples to marry:
“We are thrilled and relieved. Most of all we are secure -- knowing that our relationships and our families will be respected in every part of America.
We’re also glad that marriage equality, which we worked so hard to achieve in Florida, is now extended to every state in the country. Since same-sex couples began marrying in Florida, we have seen the beauty of love and commitment. We have seen the joy. We’ve seen how it brings families together. We’re happy that people in other states will get to experience this too.
A majority of our Supreme Court, appointed by both Republicans and Democrats, has reaffirmed this most basic premise of our democracy, that all of us are created equal. As Harvey Milk once said, ‘No matter how hard you try, you can never erase those words.’
We must remember too that our work is not done.
Marriage equality won’t help a 15-year-old kid who is being bullied in school because of his sexual orientation.
It won’t help a transgender person facing derision and exclusion.
And it won’t help anyone who can still be legally denied a job, a place to live, or equal treatment in public spaces, because of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Today's victory is a sign of what's right in America -- that all of us matter, that all of us deserve the same freedoms and legal protections.
It is also a sign of how broadly and quickly public opinion has changed on this issue. Now we need to harness that energy to finish the work that remains undone.”