SAN DIEGO–Today, The San Diego LGBT Community Center celebrated the historic ruling of the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, which makes marriage equality the law of the land in all 50 states.
Obergefell was a consolidation of cases seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The litigation was led by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and attorneys from each of the states that were part of this consolidated case.
“Today’s decision will not only be remembered as pivotal in civil rights history, but truly life-changing for LGBT Americans who have struggled to have our relationships and our families treated equally,” said Dr. Delores A. Jacobs, chief executive officer of The Center. “After decades of struggle attempting to gain the freedom to marry, this decision rightly makes equal recognition of marriage a matter of settled law throughout our nation.
“In this moment, we remember with deep gratitude the bravery of hundreds of early trailblazers who dared to live their lives openly and to love bravely and to have the hard conversations. We also are so thankful for the hundreds of thousands of people who have given their time, energy, creativity and dollars to fuel and sustain this movement,” Jacobs said. “With this decision, we see the long arc of history bend a little more toward justice. We know our community has much work left to do, but for today, on this issue, we can finally and truly claim victory.”
The case was a review of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals from November 2014. The 6th Circuit was one of only three federal courts to uphold the marriage law since the Supreme Court struck down a critical section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in Windsor v. United States and California’s Proposition 8 in Hollingsworth v. Perry on June 26, 2013.
LGBT activists say the ruling, like the 2013 decisions, comes within days of the anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia case (June 12, 1967), in which the Supreme Court struck down all race-based restrictions in marriage law, and which has been an important precedent in the battle for marriage equality for same-sex couples.