June 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm
How Are You Picturing Equality Today?
Today fair-minded Americans across the country are celebrating monumental victories after watching history unfold at the Supreme Court.
HRC President Chad Griffin will celebrate at a community this evening in West Hollywood alongside attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies, Prop. 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry & Sandy Stier and Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, West Hollywood Mayor Prop Tempore John D’Aminico and many more community leaders
How are you celebrating equality today? Let us know by posting your photos to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #time4marriage.
Check out how others are showing their support at www.picturingequality.org
June 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Livestream: Celebrating Marriage Equality in West Hollywood
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Can’t make it out to one of the celebrations in the wake of today’s monumental victories? We have you covered. Watch the livestream of the rallies in West Hollywood right here, tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST.
June 26, 2013 at 5:42 pm
HRC Statement on Reintroduction of the Respect for Marriage Act
Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court found Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, lawmakers in both the House and the Senate reintroduced the Respect for Marriage Act (RMA). RMA would fully remove DOMA from the books and establish a clear rule for the federal government that all married same-sex couples – regardless of what state they currently live in – have access to equal rights, benefits, and protections under federal law.
“Today’s historic victories at the Supreme Court impact same-sex couples across the country, but there’s much work ahead of us to ensure that every couple can fully enjoy the recognition Justice Kennedy so eloquently wrote about in the majority opinion in Windsor,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The Respect for Marriage Act will finally expunge DOMA’s discrimination from our nation’s laws and provide certainty to every married same-sex couple that their federal recognition will follow them wherever they may live or travel.”
The Respect for Marriage Act was introduced in the House by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and 160 cosponsors, including bipartisan support from Republican Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Richard Hanna (R-NY). Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is sponsoring the Senate version. Forty Senators have signed-on as co-sponsors.
Federal agencies can and must change their policies, regulations, or practices to ensure same-sex couples – regardless of where they live – have access to the federal benefits and protections they deserve. However, the Respect for Marriage Act would, in one action, create a single, government-wide rule that lawfully married same-sex couples living in states where their marriage is not recognized can equally access all federal benefits and protections.
“We have an obligation to ensure every same-sex couple – whether they live in Arkansas or New York, Kansas or California, can share in today’s emotional and deserved victory,” added Griffin. “We have momentum on our side, and it’s only a matter of time until the remaining parts of DOMA are entirely repealed.”
June 26, 2013 at 5:31 pm
HRC Proudly Displays California Flag Above Office
HRC celebrated today’s historic victories by raising the California flag above our D.C. office. California is now the thirteenth state alongside the District of Columbia where same-sex couples can legally marry.
How are you celebrating equality today? Let us know by using the #time4marriage hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
June 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm
Are We Loving Better Now?
Post written by Sharon Groves, Director of the Religion and Faith Program
“For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:15.
This line from Galatians will be the subject of many Christian sermons this Sunday.
In light of today’s historic Supreme Court decisions I think it is worth asking with renewed vigor, “What does it mean to love your neighbor?” and “Are we loving better now?”
If Dr. Cornell West is right, that “justice is what love looks like in public,” then how do we read the recent decisions?
Today the United States Supreme Court ruled to return marriage equality to California and to strike down DOMA. This is an amazing victory for which many have dedicated their lives and their livelihood, including people of faith. For this work, we are all in a better place today. It seems we are learning to love better.
Yet as HRC’s President, Chad Griffin pointed out, “These decisions underscore the emergence of two Americas. In one, LGBT citizens are nearing full equality. In the other, our community lacks even the most basic protections. ” What are the barriers of geography in our capacity to love?
Yesterday, the Supreme Court moved backwards and struck down a key provision of the voting rights act that effectively strips away at Civil Right protections at the ballot box. It seems that while we are growing to accept LGBT people as part of our community, we are reneging on our commitment to Civil Rights in the voting box for those marginalized because of race. What are the barriers to race in our capacity to love?
As we celebrate today, let us also hold each other in the deeper struggle for a truly expansive love that can embrace all of us regardless of race, income, sexual orientation, gender identity and geography. Let this monumental victories compel us to deeper work of eradicating all barriers to love.
June 26, 2013 at 3:25 pm
HRC Staff members took a moment to step away from their desks and celebrate today’s monumental victories at the Supreme Court.
Use the hashtag #time4marriage on Instagram to add your own celebratory photos to our interactive Picturing Equality board.