Marriage Equality is now the law of the land!
June 26, 2015 - Fort Lauderdale
The United States Supreme Court has issued its landmark ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. In a split decision, the high court essentially ruled same-sex couples have the same rights to marry as non-gay couples. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing the majority opinion for the court, said, "No longer may this liberty be deined. No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become somthing greater than once they were."
Dean Trantalis, the creator of Out Law in 2011, lauded the decision this afternoon. "Our country once again reached deep into its soul and realized that there remains another vestige of discrimination which must be driven from its shores. Today the Supreme Court of the United found that marriage is a fundamental right in which all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation, shall be permitted to be married in every state, county and city of these United States."
The Supreme Court decision will further cement June as a month of emancipation for the LGBT community. The historic ruling comes only two days before the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which took place early on June 28, 1969 in Greenwich Village. Almost exactly 46 years later, the court's decision stands as a powerful affirmation of those rioters who touched off the modern day gay-rights movement.
That movement has been gaining momentum and allies in recent years, to be sure, particularly with President Barack Obama's own statement in 2012 that he had an "evolved" sensibility about marriage equality. It was at that time, only days after Vice President Joseph Biden told reporters same-sex couples should be permitted to marry, that the President made his own announcement.
Speaking from the White House Rose Garden Friday, President Obama was unequivocal in his support for same-sex couples, and he praised the court for its decision. "Today, we can say, in no uncertain terms, that we have made our union a little more perfect," the president said.
For Dean Trantalis, the high court's decision comes amid another anniversary. It was in 1995 that Dean, along with many members of the Broward County gay community, successfully worked with the Broward County Commission to add sexual orientation as a protected class in the county's anti-discrimination ordinance.Less than five years later, the county would pass the Domestic Partnership Act of 1999.
"This is the final culmination of the great work of thousands who have labored for over 20 years to see this happen," Dean said Friday. "And at last, we have joined the ranks of the free world in recognizing equality for all people."
HuffingtonPost.com has published the full text of the Supreme Court decision.
~ Danny Pryor, 6/26/15