Hillary Clinton celebrates one year anniversary of equal marriage across US
Hillary Clinton has celebrated the first anniversary of equal marriage across the US.
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled 504 in the case of Obergefell v Hodges, finding that the right to marry a same-sex partner is a constitutionally protected right.
In spite of furious dissents from the group of justices led by the late Antonin Scalia, the ruling brought equality to all 50 states.
One year on from the ruling, thousands of couple across the US have now tied the knot.
In a statement to PinkNews, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said: “One year ago today, we celebrated a watershed moment for equality in America.
“Thanks to the bravery of LGBT Americans like Jim Obergefell and Edie Windsor, and the determination and tireless organising of the LGBT community and their allies, marriage equality became the law of the land in all 50 states.
“Over the last year, more barriers to equality have fallen – including, finally, the last state law banning same-sex couples from adopting.
“Just this month, President Obama designated Stonewall as the first national monument commemorating LGBT history in America.
“We’ve also seen how much work is still unfinished. The attack in Orlando broke our hearts, and reminded us that LGBT people – particularly people of color – are still targets for harassment and violence.
“Discriminatory laws in states like North Carolina highlight the need for full federal equality under the law for LGBT Americans. And Donald Trump’s pledge to consider appointing Supreme Court justices who would overturn marriage equality underscores the fact that so much of the progress we’ve made is at stake in November.
“But even when the road ahead seems daunting, never forget: on this day in history, love triumphed in the highest court in the land.
“Today, our march toward a more perfect union continues – toward equality, dignity, and justice for all.”