March 27, 2013 at 8:47 am
Today: SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments in Windsor v. United States
We’re overwhelmed by outpouring of support for same-sex couples both online and at events across the country. Let’s keep momentum going as the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in the Windsor v. United States case against Section 3 of DOMA.
There are currently more than 1,100 1,138 federal rights, benefits and protections based on marital status that are denied to lawfully-married same-sex couples. These include access to Social Security and tax benefits, family and medical leave, immigration rights, federal health coverage and much more. Exclusion from these benefits not only affects the partners within these unions, but the hundreds of thousands of children being raised across the country by same-sex couples. This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced their support for marriage for gay and lesbian couples due to one a simple reason: it’s good for children.
Momentum for marriage equality has never been greater. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows a record high of 58 percent of registered voters nationwide support marriage equality. Moreover, 64 percent of these voters say that the constitution should be the basis for establishing a right to marry for same-sex couples compared to individual states.
HRC is working with a number of allied organizations as a part of the United for Marriage coalition to celebrate this historic event. Wearing red, supporters will gather at the Supreme Court building again today.
There is a great deal at stake in the following weeks, but history has always moved towards justice. Our country is ready for marriage equality. It’s time.
Stay tuned for live updates throughout the day on HRC Blog and by following #UnitedforMarriage on social.