~~June 26, 2016~~
THE LAW OF THE LAND
A historic day which I remember very clearly.
I was sitting in my office, scrolling through Facebook when the first meme/graph related to the decision of the Supreme Court came down.
Marriage equality was the “law of the land“.
I remember thinking that this was only the beginning.
There was a lot more to get done.
This was the first step and we had many more to take.
It’s said that the longest journey starts with the first step and there we were.
Pride was all arround.
Since this momentous day, the backlash has been incredible.
As noted below many anti LGBT bills have been introduced in several states.
The culmination was the Orlando Pulse shooting which claimed the lives of 49 members of the LGBT community.
Can’t rest on our laurels, the mission continues.
#LoveWins: Celebrating One Year of Marriage Equality in America
In a historic 5-4 ruling exactly a year ago, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that bans on marriage for same-sex couples are unconstitutional, paving the way for nationwide marriage equality.
Two years prior, rulings in the historic Supreme Court cases United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and brought marriage equality back to California, respectively, laying the groundwork for Obergefell v. Hodges to make marriage equality the law of the land in all 50 states.
Human Rights Campaign
In 2016 alone, more than 200 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced in 34 states. HRC has been on the ground fighting back against these dangerous pieces of legislation. While most have been defeated, five of those hateful bills (one in North Carolina, Tennessee and Kansas and two in Mississippi) have become law.
Tragically, those who lost their lives in the Orlando attack two weeks ago demonstrate why our battle against hatred and violence is so important to the LGBTQ community.
As we honor and celebrate this historic day, we must recommit ourselves to ending discrimination against LGBTQ people and help realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
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