Celebrating 3 Years of Obergefell v. Hodges, and Looking Forward to a Future Free From DiscriminationBy Masen Davis • June 26, 2018 • 9:17 am
Three years ago today, we all held our collective breath as we awaited a Supreme Court decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which would determine if same-sex couples nationwide would have the freedom to marry.
Decades of work went into the freedom to marry; slowly but surely beginning in the 1970s, marriage between same-sex couples evolved from an idea summarily dismissed by courts and lawmakers to one embraced by a supermajority of Americans. When the decision was announced on June 26, 2015, celebrations broke out across the country: Love won the day.
The fight to secure marriage for same-sex couples went a long way in changing the landscape of Americans’ understanding of LGBTQ people. We spoke to our leaders time and time again about the importance of equity for all – and that’s what made the difference. Now, we must keep up the momentum and push harder than ever in our movement, now to secure comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. Check out this new video from Freedom for All Americans that celebrates where we’ve won and how we’re moving forward:
Right now, there are still 31 states where state law does not prohibit denying an LGBTQ person housing, employment, or entrance into a place of public accommodation such as a hospital or hotel, simply for being who they are. Without these protections in place, LGBTQ people face obstacles when it comes to earning a living, building a home, and participating in public life.
This is why comprehensive federal protections, including those proposed by the Equality Act in the United States Congress, are more important than ever. The Equality Act would enact comprehensive nondiscrimination protections at a federal level for LGBTQ people, eliminating the current patchwork of laws that make it extremely difficult for LGBTQ people to feel safe and secure.
Together, we’ll continue working every day for all LGBTQ people to be free from discrimination because of who they are or who they love.