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"People should be treated equally no matter who they are and who they love."

by admin | Jun 27, 2015 3:11:36 PM |

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This week one of the most controversial debates of our generation was concluded when the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide, establishing a new civil right.  Justice Kennedy writing for the majority was joined by Justices Sotomayor (former high school debater from the Bronx), Breyer (former high school debater), Kagan (met with our debaters at the Supreme Court), and Ginsburg.  The dissent included Justices Scalia (former high school debater), Alioto (former high school debater), Thomas, and Roberts.  
"Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilizations oldest institutions. They ask for dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed."  - The United States Supreme Court, Obergefell v. Hodge (2015).
 "It is simply untenable -- untenable -- to suggest that they can be denied the right of equal participation in an institution of marriage, or that they can be required to wait until the majority decides that it is ready to treat gay and lesbian people as equals." - Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., arguing before the US Supreme Court.
 

"We've made our union a little more perfect." - President Obama 

 

"This decision recognizes the fundamental truth that our love is all equal. Today is a great day for America. #LoveWins" - Tweet from first lady Michelle Obama.
 

"From this day forward, it will simply be 'marriage.'''- Lead plaintiff Jim Obergefell.

 
Commentators remarked the date is particularly significant because it was this very same weekend in 1969 when the "Public Morals Squad" of the police department raided the Stonewall Inn and sparked the Stonewall Riots which are widely regarded as the beginning of the modern gay rights movement. 
And so this week we celebrate James Obergefell, Valeria Tanco, April DeBoer, Gregory Bourke, and the countless other advocates who use their voices to change the world. 
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